Serving Their Country

Serving Their Country By Fran Bolton jfrbol@aol.com

If you can’t find your ancestor, especially if he is a young man, on the 1920 U.S. census in the state you know (or think) he lived in, consider putting “ALL” in the state box and do a search. He just might have been in the military at the time and listed at one of the service bases, stationed in another state, as mine was. I found mine at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. I scanned down the page and noted there were men from all over the United States — from ages 13 to 45.

Reprinted With Permission. Previously published in RootsWebReview: Vol. 7, No. 5, 4 February 2004.

By Laurie Keller lauriekeller@waitrose.com

I also have two great-aunts (twins) who are listed in the 1920 census both at their parents’ home and at a nurses’ dormitory because they were in nursing training, so young women who might have been training or studying away from home, or people in hospitals or other institutions, may also be locatable by widening the search to “all states.” Using this method I have located one person who was in a hospital in a completely different state at the time the census was taken. This tactic has proved fruitful with all the U.S. censuses from 1900 to1930.

Previously published in RootsWebReview: Vol. 7, No. 7, 18 February 2004. (Copyright 1998-2004, MyFamily.com Inc. and its subsidiaries.)

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