My DAR application for Reuben Radford was kicked back. The Registrar in Washington wanted me to provide additional documentation to prove that a certain person in the lineage was truly one person and not two (sometimes she went by Susan and sometimes she went by Elizabeth). I needed to find two census records that I had previously been unable to find so that I could track this one woman through all of the censuses during her lifetime proving that the families matched perfectly no matter if she was using Susan or Elizabeth. I had all the censuses except for the 1880 and the 1900 and I searched every which way I could and I just wasn’t seeing it. Indexes can be frustrating sometimes. I needed some fresh eyes to do the search.
I posted a request on the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Facebook page and in less than one hour I had BOTH censuses in my hand. A huge thank you to Lisa Dotti who found the 1880 census and to Jennifer Pearson Edinger for finding the 1900. I am now able to prove they are one and the same person with a bonus of her being listed as Susan E. in the 1880 census (She was listed as Elizabeth S. on one of her marriage records).
Life is good!
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