Great-granddad: a time traveler?
January 3, 2012 10:39 AM Subscribe
Geneaology question: is my great-grandfather a time traveler?
posted by palindromic to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In the 1930 census, I can locate my paternal grandfather (age 0!), and his mother and father. My paternal great-grandfather's entry lists his year of birth (1901) and place of birth (Texas). It also lists his parents' place of birth, both of which were born in Texas.
From this information, it seemed reasonable enough to me to conclude that there would be census entries for my great-grandfather in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. Alas, I have been unable to find any, in Texas or elsewhere. I've tried variations in spelling of our last name, providing a few years of wiggle room for the year of birth, only searching by last name and first initial - everything I can think of.
I unfortunately cannot just ask my grandfather about his parents. I've considered that he might have been an orphan or in a similar situation, but I would imagine that even so by the 1920 census, he'd have been listed by his 1930 name. What tips do you have for tracking this wayward great-granddad down? What might be causing this absence from prior censuses?