Posted by Jessica Murray on January 11, 2016 in In The Community

We had the privilege of interviewing Peggy Lynn Clemens Lauritzen, AG, about how she works past the 1850 census. Tune in below to hear what she recommends in terms of getting past those tick marks in the earliest census records.

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Jessica Murray

Jessica serves as Social Media Manager for Ancestry, United States.


  1. Steve

    How common is it that the tickmarks are wrong? I have a few suspected entries but the ticks are a little off. Based on the errors you see in birth years very common in later censuses, I’m assuming there were as many errors in the earlier censuses.

    That makes it very hard to confirm entries in pre-1850 because you don’t have the extra evidence as names to confirm the ticks are wrong. When you only have the ticks, you just don’t know when the ticks are wrong or not!

  2. toni

    And the wide range of ages to correspond with tick marks really doesn’t tell me anything other than how many people were in the house that day.

  3. Mary DeLynn Gray Willard

    I strated a line on Ancestry hiwevrr, now that I am not a member can not pull it up. Why is this? I made it a public line to assist anyone with connecting their lines.

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  5. Chris

    Is it just me or did she not describe how she did anything, just that she did something and was successful.

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