Check the Neighbors
When you find a record in the U.S. census, don’t forget to click on the link for viewing others on the page. Some of these neighbors might just be family that you were searching for but could not find, especially if names were misspelled or transcribed erroneously. I have found many clues that helped me break through many brick walls by using this feature.
Grove City, Ohio
An I for a 1
Remember when typewriters (?!) did not have a â€œ1â€ (one) key? We didnâ€™t need a â€œ1â€ key; we just used the â€œIâ€ (capital i) key instead. Instead of dates like 1836, we typed I836. Todayâ€™s genealogists and historians should be aware of this, because while people see 1836 and I836 as the same, computers do not.
Search in Google for this string of characters:
1836 “fall of the alamo”
The results are about 10,900 hits.
Now change the â€œoneâ€ to a â€œcapital eye:â€
i836 “fall of the alamo”
The results are exactly 3 hits.
One of those hits is this page:
The Portal to Texas History — Hits in Document
Over and over again, the â€œdatesâ€ are i821 and i833.
Rebecca Ann Jordan
I always travel with a micro recorder.Â One can never take enough notes or remember exactly how the story went that Aunt Annie was telling.Â Each time I listen to the tapes I hear something I missed, an important date, name, place, etc.Â It’s also a great tool when interviewing a relative.
Once I was on a German tour to the homeland with my father and twelve other relatives.Â On our last night at the castle we were attended a medieval banquet.Â I turned on my recorder and taped the “ompa” music and the old German songs that were being sung.Â I wouldn’t want to be without my recorder.Â Â
Gail B. Ehlenberger
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