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From: "Joanne Skelton" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Post Office vs City on Census
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 15:46:30 -0800
I believe it was only 1860 and 1870 which included the post office. So far,
most of my families on those censuses didn't live in a city, as they were
farmers. Their location is mostly shown as a township or here in Oregon as
a precinct. The post office would be their mailing address and often shows
me where the closest "town" would be.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol Simpson" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2005 10:17 AM
Subject: [TMG] Post Office vs City on Census
>I am entering a lot of censuses right now and am not clear on how the post
>office (if there is one) and the city differ. Which is the bigger area -
>i.e., are post offices in cities (as they are today) and so that refers
>sort of to neighborhoods, or are multiple townships/cities in one post
>office area? I am including both in the CD, but am unsure of the best way
>to put them on the tag. Options:
> (1) Record city in city field and leave PO off the tag (just in the CD).
> (2) Record the PO in the city field and leave the city off the tag (just
> in the CD).
> (3) Record the PO in the detail field and city in the city field (and both
> in the CD, too).
> I have been mostly leaving the PO off the tag, but came to an entry just
> now where they lived in what is now a suburb of Bridgeport CT in 1870.
> That town is now small and Bridgeport is big, but in 1870 it may have been
> the other way around, as the town is labeled as the city and Bridgeport is
> the PO. I wonder if Bridgeport was smaller than Trumbull in 1870, but on
> the other hand, I have lots of Bridgeport families, too, and the
> household/family numbers are quite high.
> Part of what influences me in what info to put on the tag is the
> consideration of where to look for other details, either for myself or
> others, later. So I wonder where other town-level records might be found
> at this point - in Trumbull or Bridgeport? Any advice regarding this
> concept in general, and perhaps this instance in particular?
> Carol Simpson
> Homer, Alaska
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