Short Landings

The intervening ten years in between census records can seem like a genealogical eternity. Some families can move several times in the intervening gap from one enumeration to another. A family I’m creating a chronology for was in southern Illinois in the late 1840s, northern Illinois during roughly 1851-1855, Kansas in the late 1850s, and likely back in northern Illinois in 1860. A lot can happen during the ten years between enumerations. It can be helpful to look at:

  • property records
  • tax records
  • military pension/benefit records
  • etc.

to try and document the moves. Always consider the possibility that all or some family members may move “home” for a short time, only to leave again.