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13. What I can learn about my ancestor in 1910?


Even though the 1910 US Census does not provide birth or marriage dates for your ancestor, it will help you learn about your ancestor's family group, work status, birth place, and where he or she lived.  You will also be able to link to other resources using what you discover on the 1910 US Census.

We have been tracing Calvin Vance and his family.  starting with the 1930 US Census, and we found him so far in 1930 and in 1920.

Calvin and his family in 1920

In 1920, his family looked liked this:
Calvin Vance, 40
Florina (really Clorena) Vance, 36, wife
Angelina Vance, 17, daughter
Clarence Vance, 15, son
Minnie Vance, 2, daughter
Russell Vance, 0, son

In 1920, Calvin and his family were living in Baltimore, Maryland so it was a challenge locating them in 1910 in Pennsylvania.  If you have an ancestor that moved between census years, it helps to widen your search to include other states if you are not sure which state where they relocated.

Trouble locating an ancestor

If you have trouble locating an ancestor, be vigilant.  Poor spelling or penmanship are often the reasons you are unable to find results.  Search by the surname only or search using the different ways the name can be spelled.  If the first three letters of the first and last name were spelled correctly, you can search using the first three letters and "*." 

Example:  Let's say you are unable to locate Lafayette Franklin Vance.  Search using "Laf*" for the first name and "Van*" for the last name.  See the following article at FamilySearch Wiki on United States Census Searching for more great ideas you can use to search the census more effectively.

Information gleaned from 1910 US Census

  • Infant son, Russell, appears on the 1910 US Census, but he does not show up on any of the remaining censuses.  This illustrates the importance of researching the family group for each census year. 

  • You may also discover female siblings this way. They are difficult to trace if  the maiden name has not been identified. 

  • Two boarders are listed with the Vance family.  It may be worth it to research the ancestry of boarders because sometimes they turn out to be related.

  • Enumerators begin taking the 1910 US Census on April 15, 1910 and they completed their work within one month.  The ages recorded reflect how old the family members were on April 15.

Other information that the 1910 US Census reveals about the family include:
Address:  100 West Main Street, Coatesville, Chester, Pennsylvania
Marital Status:  Calvin and Clorena had been married 11 years in 1910.
Number of children:  Clorena was the mother of 5 children
Number of living children:  4 of Clorena's children were living
Birthplace:  2 of the Vance children were born in Pennsylvania; all others were born in South Carolina
Parent's birthplace:  Calvin and Clorena were born in South Carolina

This census also provides information about immigrant ancestors.  The year of immigration and whether an ancestor had been naturalized is provided. The 1910 US Census also provides information about occupation, literacy, home or farm ownership, Civil War veterans, and if an ancestor is English speaking.

Learn about the different ways to access the 1910 US Census and what use it can be to you in your research from he following FamilySearch Wiki article: United States Census 1910.  Did you find this article helpful?  Follow this blog to receive the next article which will provide more resources that were generated between census years.


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