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Thank you, Namaydole. I'd like to hear more about your detecting revealing patterns if you want to share that.
Apologies for taking so long to respond to your inquiry. The best hint I can give is to never ever look at a census report only once. I keep going back over census reports to see what I've missed from the previous review. I always scan two or three pages ahead of the particular page I'm viewing , and two or three pages after to see if relatives are living in the same area. Sometimes families listed at the bottom of one page are continued on the top of the next page, but there is no reference to a continuation - you just have to look. Married children frequently lived with their parents for a time and that will provide the names of spouses and grandchildren. Sometimes an individual who has lived in a particular area just disappears from a census year.. when that happens I check to see if they are now living with a son or daughter in another part of the state. It is very frustrating though, when families use the same name over and over again. In my family Neal and John were common names and it gets very confusing at times. Hope this little bit helps.