When the dwellings in your place of study look like this…
…it is rather difficult to match individuals and families to residences.
I have been confirming I have all the people for my place by counting the individuals listed on census pages and comparing that number to the U.S. Census Bureau’s official count for the county. Not that I am actually counting every person listed on the census pages, but rather tracking and adding up the line numbers shown where the last person is listed on each page.
I was able to match the official count for the 1870 census dead on. For 1880 census I have one more person than the official count. (It could be that I counted a blank line or person that was crossed out on one of the pages.) The 1890 census is not available. In the 1900 census, I was originally short 67 people. Not acceptable. Comparing the census pages I downloaded from both Ancestry and Family Search, I was able to discern that Ancestry had duplicated a page from one town in another town’s pages and is missing four pages for the county. (Can we fix this, please?) This took a while to figure out as Ancestry’s census pages were grouped by towns and Family Search has their census pages listed by enumeration districts and not ordered by town. However, now everyone is present and accounted for in the 1900 census.
I knew I would encounter trouble in the 1910 census but I was still hoping to get within +/- 10 people in my first tally. (A girl can dream, right?) Tonopah, the current seat of the Nye County government, was at its height as a mining boomtown around this time frame and the county’s population had swelled dramatically—an increase of over 560% from the previous 10 years. There are ~220 census pages in 1910 for Nye County. Eighty-five pages are for Tonopah. My first count is short 93 people. Not good. Back to comparing downloaded pages…
1Photograph in public domain, Tonopah, Nevada, ca. 1904 by Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946. Source: Wikimedia. (http://wikimedia.org/ : accessed 18 May 2015). Original Source: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll65/id/17360
2“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 27 March 2015), Nevada > Nye > Ellsworth > image 1 of 1; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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Erin Williamson Klein, “When the numbers don’t add up.” Nye County Boomtowns – A One-Place Study, 26 May 2015 (http://nyecountynevada.com/work-in-progress/when-the-numbers-dont-add-up/ : [access date]).
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