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17 September 2011

Page by Page Search

I've been using the 1865 Illinois State Census at FamilySearch. Between the poor handwriting, the faded ink, and the non-English names, it has been easier to search page by page to find the people I am looking for.

If you have people you cannot find in a specific record and you have a reasonably good idea of where they were living, go back and manually search the records if at all possible. I've found quite a few of my 1865 people in the Illinois State Census--most of them by searching one page at a time. Sometimes that's what has to happen.

And the guy in Chicago I may never find.

We've mentioned this before, but the need to sometimes manually search is one that most of us need to remember from time to time, myself included.

2 comments:

  1. Just last week, I found my G-Grandfather Frederick Ertel in Liberty TWP, Adams Co. in that 1865 state census. They must have had disappearing ink for that census!

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  2. I had to do this for my husband's family. Their first and last names were reversed on the record with misspellings of both. I never would have found them without searching page by page of the county. This is very helpful in a rural area, too, as I have found many family members this way.
    Michele M

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