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Re: Wylie/Wiley/Teaney

Posted: 1388670845000
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.

The census records abound with spelling errors. Census takers were hired for their ability to either write or print and not necessarily spell correctly.

Trace the children from one census to the next. Are the 1st names the same? Everyone must age either 9 or 10 yrs from one census to the next.

Census takers would frequently only write the 1st name of the head of the house and then write ONLY the 1st initial for the remaining family members. Also, ppl would flip/flop btw their 1st & middle names from one census to the next.
DOB's + birthplaces are needed for Edward Wylie and Elizabeth [Teaney] Wylie/Wiley.
Also needed are 1st names + DOB's + birthplaces for all children.

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"
Immigration date is not recorded

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members with their birthplaces

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++

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