The article starts out with
“How much corn, potatoes, flax, sugar and honey did your great-great grandfather farmer produce in 1860? How successful was your great grandfather's small manufacturing business in 1880? How many men and women did he employ and what did he pay them?
Where would a researcher find such revealing information about their ancestors? In the census — but not the one we usually refer to as "the census.”
You’ll have to read the rest of the article to learn more.
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Thanks to NGS for providing a link to my recent census article. Just wanted readers to know that an over-zealous editor rewrote one paragraph that resulted in incorrect information about the 1890 Veteran's Schedule. A correction ran in a following column at http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/09/BANEWSO10-grants-may-help-solve-cemetery-dilemma/life.ReplyDelete