Family History Tip: Search for Individuals

Years ago I searched for my great-grandmother’s family in the 1900 census and found my grandmother at age twelve living with her mother and siblings in Philadelphia on June 2. Recently searching for my grandmother under her own name, I found her on June 13 (after school was out) living with another family as a servant. Her father had been killed in an accident in November of 1899 and her mother, left with five young children to support, needed help. It always pays to look for the individual, not just the family.

Madeline Lopes

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Other articles in the 21 August 2011 Weekly Discovery 

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