3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 1, 2022 10:10 AM by Jason Atkinson

    How to find locations for census entries?

    Zoe Eppley Newbie

      I can find my ancestors in the 1790-1840 census, but how do I find out where they are located? For example, Henry Forry is enumerated in Montgomery Township, Richland, OH in 1830 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYYN-9CTC.  I haven't been able to find a Montgomery Township on any historical map or gazetteer for Ohio.  Without a location, I can't tell whether this township was absorbed by another county.  Adjacent localities on the census microfilm sometimes can be located on maps - e.g., Montgomery is between Monroe (another ambiguous location) and Newville (in Worthington Township, Richland, OH), but does the order of the localities on the microfilm have any geographic meaning?

       

      A worse example is another ancestor in the 1830 census for Shenandoah County Virginia -

      https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB3-D8Y.  Jacob Epley is enumerated in the Western District, Shenandoah County, VA in 1830.  I can find no information about which townships and villages are within the Western District. I read the geographical information at the start of the census rolls, but it doesn't help in these 2 cases  I hope there is a more efficient way of figuring out where within a county my people lived than to resort to land records for property owners on the same census page and triangulating using plats.