Kinsearching February 3, 2008




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     One of the first records genealogists generally utilize when they begin their research is the U. S. census schedules. The federal government took such rolls every ten years, beginning in 1790. But what do family researchers use to locate their ancestors between censuses? Are there any resources to employ when no federal population schedules exist? William Dollarhide answers these questions and more in his new CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, VOLUME 1 - EASTERN STATES and CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, VOLUME 2 - WESTERN STATES. This long-awaited set contains annotated bibliographies of published name lists for all fifty U. S. states and the District of Columbia as well as state censuses for thirty-seven states.

     Both volumes begin with a foreword by Leland K. Meitzler, an introduction by Dollarhide, and tables pertaining to state censuses. The information furnishes interesting and helpful background material about censuses and census substitutes. As the titles imply, each volume focuses on a specific part of the country. VOLUME 1 - EASTERN STATES covers the Old Southwest, New England, Mid-Atlantic States, the Old South, the Old Northwest, and the Central Plains. VOLUME 2 - WESTERN STATES encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, Indian Territory, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, the Mountain West, and the Oregon Country.

     Each volume arranges material by state. At the beginning of each chapter is a map showing the states within the region under discussion (the Old Southwest, for example, which consisted of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi). Every chapter also supplies a historical timeline of census jurisdictions. Bibliographic descriptions summarize extant colonial, territorial, and state censuses that are available for research and hundreds of records that can be used as census substitutes. Examples of substitutes include tax lists, directories, military rolls, land ownership lists, and voter registrations. These resources can be found in such various places as printed publications, state archives, LDS Family History Library, and the internet.

     Dollarhide's set comprises the most comprehensive listing to date of known compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state, or one or more towns of a county. Containing invaluable information, a set of CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, VOLUME 1 - EASTERN STATES and CENSUS SUBSTITUTES & STATE CENSUS RECORDS, VOLUME 2 - WESTERN STATES should be available in every genealogical library collection.

     Volume 1 has 225 pages while Volume 2 has 220 pages. Each soft-cover book costs $32.50. To the price, buyers should also add handling charges of $4.90 for one volume and $2.00 for the second volume. The set may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Company, P. O. Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011-0830 (phone 801-992-3705; fax 815-642-0103; website

     The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs is the topic of an informative article in Volume 13, Number 3 (Winter 2007/2008) of On Point: The Journal of Army History. Another interesting article pertains to Christian FLEETWOOD, a free Black, born in 1840 in Baltimore. His picture also appears in the periodical.

     Bonnie Bright Johannes, 5594 North 10th, Apt. 103, Fresno, CA 93710-6586 (e-mail: would appreciate information about Daniel WATERS who married Theordorsha SHAW on 3 Oct 1817 in Dearborn, IN. Johannes thinks they are related to her relatives in Gibson Co., IN.

     Archibald O'NEAL married Parses SHAW and they had a son Daniel Waters O'NEAL. Were they related to Daniel and Theordorsha? If so, how?

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