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In this example the enumerator used ditto ( " ) marks instead of
repeating the surname on each family member's line.

The names you would enter for this example are:

Nicholas Gibson
Elisabeth Gibson
George Croly
Sally Goodman
William Croly
McHenry Croly
Elisabeth Croly
John Croly
Remus Gibson
Elisabeth Gibson
Malvina Gibson
Nicholas Gibson
and then the next household starts.


Here the enumerator left a blank instead of repeating the surname
"Ferguson" on each family member's line. Look closely at the
example to see when the new surname "Taylor" began.

The names you would enter for this example are:

Christiana Ferguson
George M. Ferguson
John C. Ferguson
Thomas Taylor
James Taylor


In this example the enumerator used the word "Do" to represent the
last occupation listed. When transcribed, the occupation will only be
repeated in the lines that have "Do". The other lines will remain blank.

The occupations you would enter for this example are:

Cabinet Maker
Cabinet Maker
.
.
.
Carpenter
.
Miller
.
Miller
.
.
.
Millwright
Wool Carder
Laborer
Farmer
.
Farmer


This example shows how the enumerator used a line instead of a
ditto mark to represent the previous listed surname.

The names you would enter for this example are:

Walter Oins
Elsie Oins
Huba Oins
Noble Oins


This example shows a person who you will list as NS (no surname).
"Damon A man of color" is written on the third line.

The names you would enter for this example are:

Mebbery Lucas
Martha A. Coleman
Damon NS

In the Remarks field of the line that Damon is listed on, you would type
a note saying that "A man of color" is written after his name.


Double SS was sometimes written to look like the letters fs. See the abbreviation
for the state of Massachusetts in this example. (second to the last line) It looks
like "Mafs", but it is actually "Mass" and you would enter "Mass".

In this example you would enter these states as:
N. York
KY
Germany
KY
Ohio
KY
KY
KY
KY
KY
Mass
IA


This is another example of the double SS. The top name is John J. Daviess. Daviess looks like "Daviefs", but when transcribed, this surname should be entered as Daviess. Now look at the very bottom name, Mary Grissom. Sometimes the letters ss were written out and sometimes the letters look like fs. The FS is just like a ditto, you will type in what was meant by it, and in the FS case, it means SS.


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