Missing Nucleus Groups on Census Records

Last week, I shared about family members who were missing from the census records and my theories as to why this might be the case.

However, let me share you another scenario.

I have an entire family cluster that lived together in a small township in their county.

The census taker may have missed an entire nucleus group

This was a nice size family, where a handful of surnames had intermarried with one another.  There would have been at least fifty or more families.

So, what’s the problem?

None of these individuals were listed on the 1870 census.

I crawled through the census records, going page by page on more than one occasion.

Finally, I noticed that there were no records at all of that township.

Sadly, I missed out on a lot of information and answers to questions because for whatever reason the census taker missed this entire township.

I don’t know why they were missed and the reason could be anything from illness to forgetting to laziness to deadlines and I don’t want to be too critical.

However, if you are searching for a nucleus group and unable to find them or their suburb or township, there is always a chance it was because the census taker missed the area.

Have you discovered a nucleus group left off of census records?