Tech Tuesday – A Mystery in a Census Record

Yeah know there is something fishy when you see a Son and Granddaughter listed in a 1910 Census Record BUT the Wife had no children born, nor living.


The relationships are clean, but looking at that one box for females in the 1910 Census, that asks the number of children born and number of children living and the answer to both is zero ( 0 ), something is wrong.

I got the son and granddaughter as the relationships are spelled out for me. But, looking as his age could be 40 or 48. Which is the right age is not the issue, BUT, it does show that he was older than the 26 years that the Head of Household and his wife were married.

The Head of Household and his Son immigrated in 1868, it appears in the same year, and probably at the same time. Haven’t found that record yet. The son and his father were both born in Ireland. The “wife” was born in Pennsylvania.

Interesting other item on this record is that the Son, has listed 2 Children Born and 2 Children Living. One of them is living in this household in 1910.

I am going to guess, that I may or may NOT find how the Son’s mother is. But, I have updated by database to show that the “wife” in this census record is not the mother.

It’s in the detail. Those two columns have left me with a number of unanswered questions, but also had me look for children who might have died earlier.

Lesson Learned: Pay attention to columns 11 and 12 in the 1900 census and columns 10 and 11 in the 1910 census


5 Responses to Tech Tuesday – A Mystery in a Census Record

  1. mroddyn3 says:

    Not a guaranteed clue either but you can see son is 48 but Head and Wife have been married only 26 years (newlyweds!) Today kids born before marriage is common but in 1910 not so much.

    • Russ Worthington says:


      That is the clue (his age and the length of the marriage) suggested that he has been married before.

      Oh, there IS an update coming in a couple of days on this.

      Thank you,


      • mroddyn3 says:

        Sorry to be so dense. I had misread your original post. Oops!

        • Russ Worthington says:


          No problem at all. There were a couple of other things I could have said and better. In fact, I did an update on that same census record today.

          Thanks again,


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