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Finding Missing Children

Usually finding the members of your ancestor family in the census is fairly routine. You find one census, list all the people in the family and find the next census and list the people and track the family through all the census years. But, have you found all the children? If one child is listed in one census year, and should be young enough to be listed with the family the following census year and is not there, then the child probably died. Where do you look? Usually, the family bible lists all the children. However, if your family did not have a family bible, or you don't know of one, then the cemetery is another place to look. The census itself might give a clue. In the 1900 and 1910 census years, the questions asked are "How many children born?" and "How many children living?" This then tells you that a child (or children) died.

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