- The name itself tells us what TMG report we probably want: a List of People report.
- We don't want a list of all the people in the database. We want a filtered list of people.What people belong in this report? The subjects of this report must meet two criteria.
- They must have been living on 1 June 1850, the official census date.
- The database must be missing 1850 census information for those people.
- I virtually never print out a list of census candidates and take it to the library or archives. With so many census records online, most of my census research is done in my bunny slippers - and it's done incidental to a problem on which I'm working.
- I do create a census candidates report to test my progress on a given problem, though. That's the report I will discuss here.
- This is easy, if a person's birth and death dates are both known.
- If the birth date is known, but the death date isn't, applying a probable life span would suggest a person was living at the time the census was taken.
- With neither birth nor death date known, one could determine probable candidates by filtering for those with any events falling within a given span.
My census candidates research focuses on those people for whom I have both birth and death groups tags. Note that either date may be estimated, but there is a tag for the individual. Census research is family research, not individual research. I've discovered that when I find one known person in a census, his or her family usually includes individuals for whom less information has been found. To illustrate this statement, I created an 1850 census candidates list for a current project. That list included 25 names for whom both birth and death dates are known or estimated and 27 names for whom only birth group dates are known. I worked through the list of 25 names, and when that research was complete, the 27 names on the second list had shrunk to only eight.