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Re: Finding Family in the 1940 Census .... Problem

Haven't done much searching in the 1940 census yet since no one has NC yet (what's the holdup???) but it sounds like par for the course on Ancestry.com. HARVEY is one of the surnames of my ancestors, too, and I have never been able to find them by just using the regular methods on Ancestry. First of all, they started out as HARWELL in the 1700s. Then the nightmare began- the surname started showing up as HARVEL, HARVELL, HARVILLE, HARVEY and HERVEY, and that's only if they spelled it that way, imagine trying to decipher the handwriting of all of these variations. On Ancestry, I usually try variations like this for the surname:
HARV*
HARW*
HAR*ELL
H*VEY
H*VY
H*WELL

And whatever other way I think of. Now if only they'd hurry up with the North Carolina Census. I can only imagine it must be a doozy of an index if its taking this long.

Deloris


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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