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Jens Hoitomt of Steger

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Re: Jens Hoitomt of Steger - found 1920 census

Posted: 1239328718000
Classification: Query
Greetings J C Mann,

----- CENSUS -----
Please provide more details on the censuses you found.
Please share Exact Spelling (forename, surname) under which you found along with Series & Roll & Page (I can view an image using Series, Roll, Page if I cannot match a name).

I am assuming you used Ancestry where used the indexes to locate "Jeno Hoitomt" in 1900 (wife Louisa and children); "Jens Hoitomt" in 1930 index (wife Louise); even "Jens Höitomt" (double-dot over O - Swedish-style) arriving in New York. I am assuming you found these too?

I used HeritageQuest (a head-of-household database indexed by Exact spelling of surname as interpreted by transcriber), so I assumed that his name would be mistranscribed or enumerator wrote it incorrectly. (HeritageQuest does not have 1930 for all states.)

I checked all censuses (it took 3 hours) - and discovered:
"HOITOMT, Jens" in 1900;
"HOITONIT, Gens" in 1910;
"HOETOML, Jans" in 1920.
TIP: I finally searched 1920 census by assuming "Illinois", "Cook", "BLOOM", and looking for everyone born in Norway - luckily only 13.
(I am not a subscriber to Ancestry, but used the census index to look for alternate Surname spellings.)

----- DEATH INDEX -----
Are you familiar with the Illinois Secretary of State databases (IL Marriage Index pre-1900; IL Death Index 1915-1950; IL Death Index pre-1915 [incomplete])?

Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 shows:
Adolph - Sept 20, 1948 in Decatur, Macon, IL
Jens B - Aug 13, 1948 in Chicago, Cook, IL
Louise (69) - Oct 19, 1935 in Chicago Heights, Cook, IL
(Presumably you already ordered their death certificates either though the respective counties, or Springfield? If not, I can send you links to fee-based researchers I've used that can provide photocopies of DC from microfilm.)

FYI: Decatur is near Springfield in Central Illinois; Chicago Heights is a southern suburb;
Jens might have died in a hospital in Chicago or in Marget's home (as few suburbs had hospitals in 1948).

Have you already traced the family through the Norwegian databases (census, emigration) using the patronymic naming method prevalent at that time, as well as a farm name? Or aren't you tracing back that far? (Suggest subscribing to NORWAY-L; I can point you to the Norwegian databases.)

You can reach me through this list, or using my YAHOO email address (uses my login name above). I can send you my findings off-list if you send me your email address.

Ralph from Chicago
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