What I all the time discover very irritating (Sure, I even have irritating moments in my analysis too!) is making an attempt to hint that ancestor who immigrated into the U.S. but you may’t discover any info on them till years later or some family member tells you that this ancestor arrived from one other nation. After doing a certain quantity of looking, you may’t give you something. It is like an episode of Star Trek, this ancestor simply mysteriously materializes out of nowhere. You may see an image of this particular person later in life otherwise you discover them in one other document however that it. You simply cannot pin down when this ancestor arrived or in some instances, the place they originated.
If you happen to consider this ancestor arrived earlier than 1900 you is likely to be in luck. The 1900 U.S. Census supplies a lot of helpful info for the family historian who’s on the lookout for that onerous to search out immigrant ancestor. This was one of many first censuses that supplied extra detailed info not simply on the person but in addition when that immigrant arrived into the U.S.
One of many first placing gadgets that makes the 1900 Census stand out is the detailed info it supplies for every member of the family. After the title of the person, every enumeration lists the connection of every member of the family. It then lists the month and yr of beginning for every particular person. Previous to and even after the 1900 census, the age of the ancestor was all that was listed. The 1900 census then lists the connection of every member of the family and the way lengthy every couple has been married. Within the case of…the mom, the census lists the variety of kids that mom gave beginning and the variety of these kids that have been nonetheless alive on the time the census was taken.
The census identifies the place the ancestor was born in addition to the birthplace of the particular person’s mom and father. Now, that is the place this census actually stands out! With every immigrant within the census, the enumerator lists the yr that particular person immigrated and the place that particular person has been Naturalized on the time of the census. You will notice if the particular person was an alien (AL), had utilized for the primary papers or the intent to naturalize (PA) or was already naturalized (NA). This info will then permit you to test passenger lists and naturalization data to presumably acquire further info on the immigrant’s native nation and presumably extra on that particular person’s family particularly if the ancestor arrived with different family members.
Yow will discover copies of the 1900 U.S. Census on microfilm at many public libraries, family tree archives, on the Nationwide Archives and lots of the Nationwide Archives Regional Facilities. You may even learn up extra on this census from the Nationwide Archives web site. It’s also possible to discover this explicit census on lots of the free and pay family tree web sites.
The 1900 Census is a technique you not solely can discover the place this ancestor was residing right now in historical past, nevertheless it may offer you clues once they arrived, in the event that they have been naturalized on the time this census was taken and make sure the place they originated. It is an effective way to knock down that brick wall and make sure that, no Scotty did not simply beam them over.