Two Announcements and a Reminder
First Announcement: When I create the drawings for the 1840 census entries on this blog, my goal is to get all necessary documentation on one page. I try to make the maps and text as readable as possible within the limits of an 8 ½ by 11 inch page. Unfortunately, the images usually have to be reduced to fit them into my blog. This sometimes makes them harder to read. In order to provide all of you with as legible a copy of these maps and drawings as possible, I have gone back and added links to PDF files at the end of each 1840 census blog entry. These PDF files will print out at the full page size and also allow for enlarged viewing. All of my future posts will have PDF links at the end of each entry.
Second Announcement: If any of you are particularly attentive, you may have noticed two new categories, 1800 Census and 1810 Census, under the Blog selection on the menu bar. I’ve added these because I will soon be writing posts for both of those enumerations similar to the ones I have been doing for the 1840 census. I will be using sequential numbers to identify the households as this makes both the drawing and the analysis much clearer.
In order to have a published source for the sequential numbers for the 1800 through 1820 Orangeburgh District censuses, I have just completed a new publication, Orangeburgh District, South Carolina Combined Census Index and Neighborhood Listings, 1800*–1820 (*Not including areas that became Barnwell and Lexington District). (Rather a mouthful, isn’t it?)
This book has multiple purposes. As just indicated, one purpose will be to provide the published source for the sequential numbers I will be using for my posts. This publication lists the households in each of these three enumerations, giving the sequential number as well as the usual page and line number. A closely related reason for this book is to publish a listing of the 1810 households in the order in which they were actually visited by the enumerator. The pages of the 1810 census were not microfilmed in the same sequence as the enumerator used them. This book puts the households in the correct order and then numbers them.
An additional benefit of this book is the combined index to all three enumerations. It uses a standard spelling for surnames to make locating families through all three censuses easier and quicker.
I will have this publication available for sale at Oktoberfest for $25. It will be available by mail after that for $25 plus $5 shipping. By using this book in combination with the maps I will be posting on this blog you should find it a little easier to research your early Orangeburgh District ancestors.
Reminder: I hope to see many of you at Oktoberfest! It will be held Friday, October 28, 2011 and Saturday October 29, 2011 in Orangeburg. See the OGSGS website for further details.