Enumerated with the Step-Father’s Last Name?

I spent some time looking for William Neill in the 1910 census. I suspected his mother had married again after her first husband (the Neill man who was William’s father) died. The problem was that I did not have his name.

I had hoped to find the child in the census as William Neill, but it was not meant to be. He was not located until I eventually found the name of his mother’s second husband. There was William. He was enumerated as Willie Richardson.

Complicating the issue was the fact that the family had lived in Oklahoma for a short time between their time in Illinois and Montana. The lack of a complete geographic chronology compounded the issue.

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