From a while back…

Never assume that those “boarders” in a census entry are merely strangers taken in for extra income. Those boarders could be relatives as well. Sometimes the census focuses on the “financial” relationship and not the biological one. Always do a little snooping on those boarders living with your ancestor.

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  1. My 2x great grandmother is listed as a boarder on the 1910 census. She was living with her granddaughter, granddaughter’s husband, and their children (including my 2 yr old grandfather.) Since she was not related to the HOH, I figured it was easier to write “boarder” than “wife’s grandmother” on the census form.

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