[APG Public List] Definition of "head of household"
pjroots at att.net
Tue Dec 14 15:29:02 MST 2010
At 12:58 PM 12/14/2010, Jean Suplick wrote:
>Please accept my apologies if this question is off topic. I've been
>to the US Census and NARA websites, and have not found an answer to
>this question: In the 1810 US census, what constituted a head of household?
>I have a family listed under a man's name, whom I believe to be the
>16-25-year-old male in the family, based on several corraborating
>pieces of information. If he's who I believe him to be, his father
>is dead by this time and he is the eldest son aged 22. However,
>there is also a 26-45-year-old male in the household. According to
>the definitions and guidelines used at the time, is it possible this
>elder male is *not* the head of the household, but perhaps a farm laborer?
Have you investigated the possibility that the older gentleman is a
father-in-law, uncle, older brother, or even an unrelated person
close to the family?
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