October 18, 2017

Living On The Edge Of The Census

1914 Chelton Ave, St. Paul, MN – 1895

Sometimes, you just get lucky and find a census record for your family members that shows the actual street address of the house they lived in. I was very lucky to find this census record for my Great-Grandfather John Emil Moline showing their address as 1914 Chelton Ave, Ramsey, MN.  The date is June 1895.  That corroborates the information on a photo I have from my Moline family that shows their house and has the notation the same address.


This is the house the Moline family lived in at the time of this 1895 census.

Who Are Those Other Two People?

Listed in the same household are two “extra” people.  I wonder who Mick Lund, age 28 could be; I suspect that Hulda S. Swanson, age 14 might be a servant. But as they are both from Sweden, are they relatives or just employees?

Living On The Edge Of The Census

Normally, but not always, you will find at least the location of where a family is living listed on the left edge of the census page. Even if it’s just a street name, it gives you a clue, and might prove handy later when you can put the location together with another document or photo.  Also, when you put the street name in your records, make sure to also add the date of the census record too.  If it’s given, having the month and day can help you pinpoint whether or not you have the correct family and approximately when they were born. Census records are rich with information and you have to scan every single bit of it to extract the “gold”.

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