by Paula Stuart Warren, CG
You found your ancestor in the 1910 census—now what do you do?
1. Ancestor—William White: Check the 1900, 1920, and 1930 censuses based on the 1910 information. Check a few census pages before and after William in each of these censuses for other family surnames.
2. Marriage: In 1910, William White and Nancy White had been married sixteen years—six years before the previous census. Check the 1900 census to see where William and Nancy lived at the time. Search for a marriage record based on the 1900 information.
3. Children: Four children are listed as born in Kansas. Check Red Book, published by Ancestry, to learn when Kansas and/or Clay County birth records began and contact the state and country regarding accessibility of those records.
Nancy is listed as the mother of seven children, but only four living; check for death records, obituaries, and cemetery listings for the other three children.
Follow one child forward—can you find Monroe White in the Social Security Death Index?
Check the World War I draft registration cards (available at Ancestry.com) for Monroe.
4. Location: See what additional information you can find on www.usgenweb.com and www.rootsweb.com for Clay County and for Kansas; check local and state historical society websites for other research ideas.
5. Future: More steps will surface as you follow the Whites, including death dates and possible locations for obituaries for William and Nancy, as well as future residences for the children. Incorporate these changes by making your plan flexible. Also check message boards at www.ancestry.com/community and www.rootsweb.com to see if anyone else is researching this family.
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, is a nationally known lecturer, writer, and researcher and a frequent contributor to Ancestry Magazine and Ancestry Weekly Journal. She can be reached at PSWResearch@comcast.net.