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Add A Fun Fact To Your Family Tree Today!

They have a name, dates of birth and death, and perhaps a burial location. But sometimes we forget about the fun facts that can bring our family tree alive.

We've talked about adding their occupations, but how about the address where they lived? This is not a difficult thing to find, but you won't easily discover it until after the 1910s. Though the column was offered, they rarely filled it in.

The next time you're in the Census Records of 1910, 1920, or newer, look to the far left of the page and see if the Census Taker did their job. The street, road, or avenue will be written vertically, as opposed to horizontally, in the very first column. The address numbers of their abode will be in the second column.

A lot of Census Takers failed to fill in this column, but just as many of them provided this knowledge. And what a fun piece of information it can be! Yes, time, towns, and cities have changed, but through the magic of Google Earth, you can visit the locale that your ancestors lived. By setting Google Earth on "satellite", you may not see exactly how the neighborhood appeared in 1926, but at least you'll enjoy the possibilities.

Another little fact that addresses will offer is how many people were living in one house. I have discovered a few ancestors who lived in what appeared to be a boarding house or three families chose to live together in order to pay the bills. They appeared as single family entries, but they all shared the same numbered house on the same road. This was not unusual in the farming communities.

The Residence Section's description line is generally blank in most genealogy software. Now, you can fill in the address and round out that piece of information. And when you print out your reports, you'll have running addresses for the various decades.

Please Note: In many of the genealogy programs, they will automatically ask you if the address is the same in 1915, 1925, 1935, and so forth. Please consider not using this feature as they may not have lived in the same house during those years. Unless you have documented information that they didn't move between Census takings, this information could be incorrect.

(Photo: Lahser Road ("downtown" Old Redford), In Search of Detroit's Most Beautiful Blocks, Lewis-Shaouni,, November 10, 2015, accessed 10 January, 2018)

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