How to read each column:
line # line number of the listed TEMPLE
Ref # reference number
an "F" alone indicates the person in column C is from a line whose progenitor is foreign born.
a "(B)" indicates the person in column C is black.
an "(MU)" indicates the person in column C is mulatto.
an "(IN)" indicates the person in column C is Indian.
a "(C)" indicates the person in column C is colored.
a * indicates the person in column c is listed as a "TEMPLES."
Given Name head of the household or a Temple living with another family.
Age age at time of the census. (see legend below)
State state of census
Township township, town, or city
Page normally indicates the large printed page # at upper right corner of the census form. 1880 and 1900 shows "ED" (Enumeration District) and "sheet"
Wife NOTE: person listed in this column is assumed to be the wife. It may not always be the case because earlier census do not show relationship.
Wife's Age wife's age (1900 gives month & year of birth)
Her BP birth place of wife or the female listed in the name column. (see legend below)
His BP birth place of husband or the male listed in the name column. (see legend below)
Father's BP birth place of person in the name column's father. (see legend below)
Mother's BP birth place of person in the name column's mother. (see legend below)
Child 1 name of first child of person in the name column.
Ch 1 Age age of first child of person in the name column.
Ch 1 BP birth place of first child of person in the name column.
repeat above 3 lines for child 2 through 9.
Comments miscellaneous information given such as year of marriage (m.), year of immigration, and relatives who lived in the household.
The following examples are given to give an understanding on how read the information.
Example 1 - w/John & Mary Smith 37-35 PA-NY (father in law)
the above means that the person listed in the name column is living with John Smith age 37 born in Pennsylvania and Mary Smith age 35 born in New York. The person in the name column is father-in-law to John who was the head of the household.
Example 2 - Sarah Jones is cousin or Sarah Jones (cousin)
the above means that Sarah Jones is living with the person listed in the name column and is a cousin to him/her.
Explanation of age - The age given is the person's actual age when the census was taken. Most of the time if a person had a birthday from June to December his age would reflect that he was born the next year.
Example: John Temple was actually born August 1856. The 1860 census would give his age as three. My genealogy files would show him to be born in 1857. (unless I knew his actual birth date)
Legend of place born:
E = England M = Mexico
S = Scotland P = Poland
I = Ireland R = Russia
G = Germany NS= Nova Scotia
A = Australia US= United States
C = Canada ? = not known or given
All other two letter entries are abbreviations of states in the United States.
Three letter entries indicate a foreign birth usually given with the first 3 letters of its name.
Fra = France Aus = Austria
Gre = Greese Wal = Wales
Bar = Barbados
Legend of relationships:
(b) = brother (rel) = relation of unknown title.
(si)= sister (adp)= adopted
(ne)= nephew (fil) = father-in-law
(ni)= niece (mil)=mother-in-law
(a) = aunt (gs) = grand son
(u) = uncle (gd) = grand daughter
(f) = father (ss) = step son
(m)= mother (sd) = step daughter
Please note that sometimes children will be listed as head of the household when enumerated with families of non Temples.
Also adults are sometime listed as children when living with someone like parents or siblings.
When more than one family lived together who had the Temple surname an attempt was made to move the family head of each family to the name column.
Examples would be:
1. Parents living with a son or daughter.
2. Son with a wife living with a sibling or parents.
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