This is the 1860 Federal Census entry for Dr Thomas Jefferson Bettis of Clarke County, Alabama. Dr Bettis was the 1st husband of my 2nd great grandaunt, Edna Earle Dixon. There is a genealogical gift here, hidden in plain view. His is the final entry on the page. Do you see it?
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Look closely at Column 10, Place of Birth…
His county of birth is listed! I have never seen that before, and I have studied hundred of census sheets.
A special thanks to the late Andrew J Turner, Asst Marshall, the man who asked the right question!
The 1940 United States Federal Census will be released digitally on April 2, 2012. On that day, millions of genealogists and family historians across American are at risk of developing a rare, yet debilitating disease known as Census Fever. As this malady is extremely contagious, those effected will be forced to remain at home for an unspecified period of time, thus negatively impacting this nation’s Gross National Product (GNP) and overall economy.
Therefore, to protect the United States’ standing in the global economy and possibly prevent another Great Depression-type event, we at Ruth’s Genealogy respectfully request that April 2, 2012 be deemed a federal holiday known as Enumeration Day.