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  •  That's an excellent point (1+ / 0-)
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    CaliSista

    But take the assignments of W-B-M with a grain of salt in some areas of the former Confederacy.  Census-takers were often neighbors and sometimes had grudges to settle.  Someone labeled M (mulatto) might just have been a poor white farmer who was not interested in the war and hid out.  In the neck of the woods that my ancestors were from that behavior was called "Going to Missouri".

    I can appreciate your frustration with the slave censuses.  I've encountered the same thing in doing local history research.

    In general, censuses before 1850 are difficult to work with for folks who did not own real estate.

    Your list of  the censuses in order of usefulness is spot on.  I would add 1920 because in lots of locations census takers wrote the road name in the margin.  It provides a way of determining a relative location within the enumeration district.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 10:51:01 AM PST

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