Casefile Clues

24 April 2013

Charting Peter Bieger in 1850

Charts are very popular genealogical research tools.

With that in mind, I'm posting an image that was used in Casefile Clues a while back. This chart is a starting point to organizing my search. The problem was that I was having difficulty finding Peter Bieger in the 1850 census. In order to search for him effectively, I used several different websites that index the 1850 census. However, looking at the same entry over and over got a little tedious.

To keep track, I started with a simple chart as shown below. I didn't include links to the specific website's image. What I was concerned about was the dwelling and the family number (along with the State, County, and Town/City) as that would be on the census page regardless of what website I was using

I could easily add columns for this chart--the best one to add would be a comments column for "why" I rejected this person as being the Peter Bieger of interest. If you do not track why a certain person was rejected, it is difficult to go back and analyze again if assumptions change about the person of interest.

I still have not found Peter in 1850, but the chart at least helps me track what I have done.