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In Topic: Geocoding

12 March 2020 - 06:33 PM

Even the 1940 US Census for rural areas in Ross County, Ohio, does not have easily identifiable locations.  There were no street numbers then, just Rural Routes without box numbers.  On the other hand, Columbus, Ohio, has street numbers and street names that can be located on DeLorme computer maps [wish they had not dropped the product], Bing, or Google..  However, the Interstate highway system in central Columbus has wiped out some of the old streets.


On the 1940 census, it is not obvious what route the census taker made for his/her rounds.  I know a handful of houses where families lived, but that does not help for the residents in between.

In Topic: Sorting spouses

09 February 2020 - 07:53 PM

Warning:  When you look at the census records and you have a second or third wife, there is no census clue that the current wife is the mother of specific children.


If you know marriage and death dates of prior spouses, you can usually make a determination.

In Topic: Default Place Format

22 January 2020 - 10:12 AM

Ohio has a good example for possible confusion.


Bellefontaine is the county seat of Logan County, Ohio




Logan is the county seat of Hocking County, Ohio


And the Post Office would not use either Logan County or Hocking County in the mailing address.


In my RootsMagic database, I use Union T., Ross C., OH for Union Township, Ross County, Ohio.  The single letter abbreviation for township and county plus the Post Office state designation  saves space and ink on printed reports.


My discontinued DeLorme Street Atlas 2008 has a nice feature of showing a green county boundary if I key  in just a county and a state.

I make extensive use of the place details for new entries, but have not gone back to separate the verbose entries made years ago into place details.


I would also note that at least for Ross County, Ohio census records for rural areas, there are no house numbers and few if any road names.  Post Office Box Numbers [such as Route 7, Box 1234] did not even exist until sometime in the late 1960's.  Rural areas now have house numbers just like city addresses.

In Topic: File Location Settings

18 January 2020 - 04:44 PM

There is another approach.  Create a new user account for Windows.  Then logout of your account and login to the account for your wife.  You start over with a blank slate for default file locations.


I don't do this as I have one unified RM file, but I did check to see if the initial file settings were the same as my account or were blank.  They were blank.

In Topic: Organizing Facts

17 January 2020 - 03:31 PM

On the general subject of city directories and assuming that you are looking at on-line versions rather than printed copies in a library, try this.


1] Reset the page count to page #1.

2] Then page through the directory looking at the index, listings of public officials, schools, advertisements etc.  Some of these tidbits might be hard to find in an on-line search and probably don't have anything to do with your family.  But it describes the time frame when relatives lived.

3] The Chillicothe , OH, directory for the early 1900's has listings for each Post Office Rural Route with descriptive text for the roads traveled with mileage per segment, number of residents, and number of homes.  Many roads have different names today.  Many road segments have been legally closed.  They also list the name of the mail carrier and the total miles per route.  And the Post Office had Sunday hours!  So if you have old letters in envelopes, you can identify the name of the mail carrier.