Census Extraction

100 years ago… someone lived with family X in the city county state/province and country.

That is not all the data they captured. Long form census tells a lot of data…

This is one from 1920 when data capture was amazing and relatively more legible.

Look at the headers…

The address at that specific date, names, birth, a birthplace of a person , birth places of parents, occupation, education level.
You get a glimpse in plain English into the lives at the time… it is fantastic but there are less lucky ones too.

There are many where English is a backup plan but the one I wanted to share but I derped and saved it as a PDF instead of an image. Time to find dots to connect for more sources. Start with the same location 10 years apart… to find trends and patterns. 1-year-old grows to 11. Did the family move area or pass away?

Notes to expand on from these censuses:

  • Build the family units, check ages of persons listed… the brother or parents of the head of the household may be listed
  • Employment trends in the generations 2 or 3 generations of basket makers or brick layers
  • Where did they move from? from France or England.. chase movements
  • From the smaller gaps between each census (less than 10 years) who is still there? what happened if the toddler or babies drop off? who died or moved with others
  • Education trends eg. they stop at read and write or the teen moved to get more education
  • Naming trends
  • Religion can lead to more sources like baptisms or burial location
  • Building a person’s life using sources is amazing.
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