Some County Auditors have pictures of homes posted. The “real” purpose of the information is tax evaluation but the pictures are invaluable. Just type in the search engine something like Franklin Co. Ohio Auditor and look to see if they have a choice such as Property Search listed. You do get the most current picture of the house so you may even have a then and now view if you are fortunate enough to have an old picture. Also, if the house has been torn down, you now know what replaced it.
Helen E. Read
Parental Place Holders
This tip was prompted by the “Missing Maiden Names” Tip. I have several files where the earliest persons I know of are brothers. I do not know their father’s given name, nor the mother’s given or maiden name. In order to prepare a Descendants Report or a Relative Chart, in Reunion, I will assign given names such as “John’s father” or “John’s mother,” and use a question mark for the mother’s maiden name.
Charts using this method show clearly the relationship between the descendants of the brothers.
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Try Middle Names or Other Family Members
I just wanted to add another suggestion in trying to find a relative’s name in the U.S. census records. I had a hard time finding my Mom, her brother, and her parents in the 1930 U.S. census. I knew exactly where they lived, when they were born and where, but I had no luck, until I remembered that Nana’s mom, Anna S. Wennblad, and Nana’s brother, Chester Wennblad, were also living with them. I then typed in my great-grandmother’s name and there they were under a variation of Grampa’s middle name.
His full name was Charles Ewart THOMAS, but everyone called him Ewart and the enumerator must have only heard the Ewart part and didn’t know how to spell it, so he wrote it as it sort of sounded “EWETT.” But to top it all off, the name was indexed as LAVETT because the enumerator’s writing wasn’t that easy to read. So, if you can’t find them under their real last name, try their middle name as their last name and of course any of the variations that you can think of.
Also, if you’re lucky enough to know who was living in the same household, try their names too. I’ve also found people by simply putting in their first name and any vital information that I knew.
Good luck in your searches.
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