How To Read An 1900 Soundex Card? :
Compiled by Tracey Carrington Converse
Reprinted coutesy of Genealogy Records Service
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Head of Household :
Description (Color | Date of Birth | Age) :
City | Street | House No. :
Other Members of Family :
Volume Number-only used when searching a large city :
Enumeration District-Most important number used to find family in any size county :
Sheet Number-Used to locate correct page of census after findingthe ED :
Line Number-Once the correct sheet is found, use the line number to locate the family :
Birthplace of Head of Family :
If the family lives inside the city limits, you will find thestreet address listed here :
What Does This Card Say About the Family? : In the 1900 Census, we find the Clark family still living in Garland County. But, in the household, we find more information. Joseph and Clarissa had another child, Amy, in July of 1880. Clarissa must have been pregnant when the census taker came. Remember, the only people counted on the 1880 census were those born before June 1880. Also, Priscilla Anderson is missing. She either died in the past 20 years or is living in another household. You should check the Garland County Cemetery Records or other forms of death records for a date of death. One of the Clark sons married Sarah and had a son named Thomas. By checking the census you will discover whether Sarah’s husband is dead or living elsewhere. Most likely she will be listed as a widow. And finally, living in the same household is Clarissa James. This is a daughter of J.P. and Clarissa. She must have married into the James family. Her husband is also not listed.
What’s the Next Step? : Remember, county records are the most important documents in your research. From the county records you should find all kinds of information. I’ve found that folks did a lot more suing back before the turn of the century and you find more details about the people not just the names. Also, judging by Joseph’s age, I would also suggest checking the Tennessee Civil War Service records, both CSA and Union, and the ARKANSAS pension records, if he was a Confederate.
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