Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestor With Most Census Entries

Randy Seaver of Gena-Musings has a Saturday night assignment:
Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Census records? How many years? Are there duplicate entries?

2) Describe that ancestor’s entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

The ancestor I found that would qualify for this challenge is my 2nd great grandmother, Catherine Revenig. She was born in Luxembourg in 1842 and died in Chicago, Illinois in 1920. During the time she was living in Luxembourg, they had 17 censuses. I haven’t gone through each one that she would be in yet but I have found her in 12 in Luxembourg and 1 in America.

1843: daughter born 1842 – in French
1846: daughter 3 years old – in French
1847: haven’t looked yet
1849: daughter 7 years old -in French
1851: daughter 9 years old – in French
1852: daughter 9 years old- in French
1855: haven’t looked yet
1858: haven’t looked yet
1861: haven’t looked yet
1864: daughter 22 years old- in German
1867: daughter 25 years old – in German
1871: haven’t looked yet
1875: mother 33 years old- in German
1880: mother 38 years old – in German
1885: mother and head 43 years old – in German
1887: mother and head 45 years old – in German
1890: mother and head 48 years old – in German
1900: mother-in-law 57 years old – in English living in Chicago

Interesting to note that when it changed from French to German, the spelling of the name changed.  It went from Revenich to Revenig. When she came to America, she was listed as Guill, her married name. I haven’t come across a census in Luxembourg without her in it.  I am confident that I will find her in the ones I haven’t looked in yet. That would bring my total number to 18.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestor With Most Census Entries

  1. I wish the US census had been done as often as the Luxembourgish census. Unfortunately we spent more time searching through the census sheets than it takes to pull up a census in the US. I guess that evens things up a bit.


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