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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1930 is the last available census at this time.

1940 census will be released on April 2, 2012. It will take several months to transcribe all the states.

Facts you should know about the early census records -
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces +++

Web: Kent County, Michigan, Marriage Index, 1842-1929
Name: Benjamin Medes
Spouse: Lydia H Fuller
Marriage Date: 1892-1896
Marriage Place: Kent, Michigan, United States

1840 - These are NO Medes family members in MICH

Benjamin Medes does not appear on any census.

1837 Michigan was admitted to the Union.

Michigan did not require “by law” birth, marriage & death registrations until 1867.

Birth records are not public records unless the birth is over 100 years old.

Parents' names were not recorded on marriage records in Michigan until 1885 or 1886.

death record -
Name: M. B. Medes
Gender: Male
Burial Date:
Burial Place:
Death Date: 11 Mar 1905
Death Place: Maple Valley Tp., Montcalm, Michigan
Age: 61
Birth Date: 1844
Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Farmer
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: Ben Medes
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Pheobe Ayers

1900 -
Name: Merenus Medes
[Maruice Modes]
Age: 56
Birth Date: Mar 1844
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1900: Maple Valley, Montcalm, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Harriett Medes
Marriage Year: 1866
Years Married: 34
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York

Merenus Medes 56, 3/44 NY - farmer
Harriett Medes 54, 4/46 MI - 5 children & 2 living
M B Medes 14, 10/85 MI
Elmer Medes 12, 5/88 MI

1880 -
Name: Benejamin Medes
Age: 57
Birth Year: abt 1823
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Home in 1880: Otisco, Ionia, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Ann Medes
Father's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Carpenter & Joiner

Benejamin Medes 57
Ann Medes 61, NY

NEED DOB's for Benjamin & Phoebe Medes.

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