The 1910 U.S. Census Record in Genealogy: A Closer Look
Census Records are fantastic genealogy records to use in your research, and a must! When it comes to genealogy research, census records can give you the most details about a person and their family than any other record and can give you a snapshot of how they were living at a particular time; after starting with what you know now, the first step in genealogy research, the census records are the best starting point in your next step of research. They offer a plethora of information that will start you off and lead you to many of your next steps. Not only can you find the standard information on your ancestor like their name, age, birthplace, and residence; you can find so much more! Depending on the census record, you can also find their address, their occupation, their parents’ birthplaces, their citizenship status, their year of immigration, their marriage info, their military service info, how many children they have, others living in the household and their info, the value of their home and personal belongings, and more!
Continue with me in this series that takes a closer look at the 1850 to 1950 U.S. Federal Census Records, in which today’s topic is the 1910 Census.
The 1910 U.S. Census:
This was the seventh U.S. Census that listed EVERY household member by name and had detailed categories, and unlike the censuses that came before, it was the first to be enumerated starting on April 15th, instead of June 1st (Since 1830). This census introduced the new detail of whether a member of the household was a survivor of the Union or Confederate army or navy!
The 1910 census kept the same categories as the 1900 Census record, and had many of the same details that were seen in the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1900 censuses such as including ALL household members’ names; their ages, sex, color, and place of birth; occupation information; whether any of the household members attended school or were married; and literacy information, but with a few new details added to some of the categories; and a few details taken out. I am not including the 1890 census information that I previously spoke about, as we didn’t get to use it. 😉
There were no longer details that were first seen in the 1900 Census such as the month and year of birth (as mentioned in A Closer Look at the 1900 U.S. Census in Genealogy Research, it was only on that census) for each person in the household. How many months unemployed during the year, the number of years in the U.S., and whether they were married within the year, were also removed.
Even though the details of whether they were married within the year and the year of birth were removed, a new detail of how many years of the present marriage was added, along with re-adding the age detail. Also, the details of being deaf/mute and blind were re-added, with the insane or “idiotic” (underdeveloped mentally) portion removed.
Use the data on this census to help you find marriage records, military records, immigration records, and more for your ancestors! 😉
As previously mentioned, depending on where and by whom the census was taken, I usually don’t find this census filled out consistently, and some of the categories are underreported, but if it is, then you have a lot of details to help you in your research! EVERY detail/clue helps in genealogy! 😉
Find my other posts on the U.S. Census records below, and under the Genealogy Records category!
The 1920 U.S. Census Record in Genealogy: A Closer Look
A Closer Look at the 1900 U.S. Census in Genealogy Research
The 1890 U.S. Census: A Tragic and Sad Loss!
The 1880 U.S. Census: A Closer Look at the Even Better Census!
The 1870 U.S. Census: A Closer Look
The 1860 U.S. Census: A Closer Look
The 1850 U.S. Census: One of the Golden Genealogy Records
Check out more information about the U.S. Census on the United States Census Bureau website!
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