Re: Help with 1910 census #usa #records

Sherri Bobish

Hi Jill,

I just did a look up and a person listed with the family as a servant on one census was listed on the following census as sister-in-law.

So, yes sometimes a servant could be a relative, as could a lodger or boarder. Also consider that they could be a relative or possibly someone from the same shtetl.  In some of the shtetls everyone was a relative due to decades upon decades of inter-marriage between families in the shtetl.

Of course, a servant, lodger or boarder could also have no familial relation, but it can't hurt to look them up.  Try to find them on later census, naturalization records, passenger manifests.

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