State & National Census Reports are filled with information for genealogists. Both the population & nonpopulation schedules give us insights into the lives of our ancestors. What have you found that is Surprising? Reassuring? Bewildering? Write your own Census Sunday post.
State Census reports are very helpful, especially if you can’t find the federal report for a family. The 1905, 1915 & 1925 NY State reports are great because they fill in the gap between the federal reports.
I recently found my husband’s family in the 1925 NYS Census, ED 1, AD 2, Page 3. Frank “Pasqule” [Pasquale] was 35 years old. He had been born in Italy and was in the US for twenty years. He was a chauffeur living in Somers, Westchester County. His wife was Jennie. She was 25 years old and also born in Italy. She had been in the US for 13 years. They had three children at that time. Augustine was five years old. Thomas, who would become my husband’s father, was two years old. Their youngest was their daughter, Grace.
Thomas, 11 years old was listed as ‘brother’. Frank did not have a brother named Thomas. However, Jennie did have a brother named Thomas. The age is right for a match. Jennie and her husband were distant cousins, with the same last name. Therefore, Thomas fits in nicely.