Last night I was checking some facts in my genealogy program on my husband's family line. I hadn't worked on his line in some time. I had several alerts about dates that had problems. I (or someone who gave me the information) had a family member in the wrong family. The person in question was put into his grandparents family by mistake. No wonder his "mother" was 67 years old when he was born. Big red sign right there!
After all the children were linked with the correct parents, I noticed I hadn't put in any census information at all. I went over to Ancestry.com, logged in, and started looking through all the censuses starting from 1940.
Well, lo and behold, what do you know? It was like starting all over again; the thrill of the hunt. With many surname spelling variations, I was able to trace his mother's maternal line back through the 1900 U.S. population census in Pennsylvania. I found my husband's great-great-grandmother Helen, enumerated with her son John's family in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. Found a great-uncle George, in the 1900 census, enumerated with his brother John's family. Even hubby was impressed.
So far I've found my husband's mother's paternal line only through 1920 U.S. population census in Pennsylvania. Their surname also had many spelling variations. At one point there were over 3,000 results and all the filters I was using wasn't showing up. On the 1920 census his great-grandparents stated they immigrated here in 1901. I'm not giving up yet, I have many avenues to still search, and the hunt is exciting.