Thursday, May 3, 2012

Who Else? Early Marriages Amongst Neighbors

During this past few days my husband Walt and I have been driving in Maryland and Virginia.  Driving south on Route 13 from Salisbury we noticed how far apart homes were (even now).  It reminded me why we often find future spouses, or inlaws, near our ancestors.  Even with a car, it took time to get from one drive to the next. 

With the 1940 census out, still not everyone had cars, or traveled very far.  We still need to check out neighborhoods.  But we also need to check not just the names on the same page, but also those a few pages before or after our ancestors, keeping in mind how the enumerators went around one block before starting another. 

Just things to remember.