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#1 cmccartney

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 09:03 AM

Those of you, like me, that that use something like the Betty Frain method, you have many roles for census tags. I have always wondered if there was a "complete' list of the relationships used so that I could expand my tags to include "all possible" roles.

Recently, I volunteered to index for the Family Search Labs project and found that their software had a drop-down box for entering the relationship when indexing census forms. I extracted the list and it is presented below. I find it interesting that several of the relationships seem more like occupations. Does anyone have any observations on this? Anyway, here is the list, perhaps you will find it intersting if not useful.

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Adopted
Adopted Child
Adopted Daughter
Adopted Grandchild
Adopted Mother
Adopted Son
Apprentice
Assistant
Attendant
Aunt
Aunt-In-Law
Bartender
Boarder
Bound Boy
Bound Girl
Boy
Brother
Brother-In-Law
Butler
Captain
Chamber Maid
Child
Companion
Cook
Cousin
Cousin-In-Law
Daughter
Daughter-In-Law
Day Laborer
Dishwasher
Domestic
Employee
Engineer
Farm Hand
Farm Laborer
Farm Worker
Father
Father-In-Law
Fireman
First Cousin
Foster Brother
Foster Father
Foster Mother
Foster Sister
Foster Son
Friend
God Child
Governess
Grand Or Great Nephew
Grand Or Great Niece
Grandchild
Granddaughter
Grandfather Grandpa
Grandmother Grandma
Grandmother-In-Law
Grandson
Grandson-In-Law
Great-Aunt
Great-Grandfather
Great-Grandmother
Great-Great-Grandfather
Great-Great-Grandmother
Great-Uncle
Guardian
Guest
Half Brother
Half Brother-In-Law
Half Sister
Half Sister-In-Law
Head
Help
Herder
Hired Girl
Hired Hand
Hired Man
Hireling
Housekeeper
Housemaid
Houseworker
Husband
Inmate
Laborer
Launderer
Lieutenant
Lodger
Maid
Manager
Matron
Mother
Mother-In-Law
Nephew
Nephew-In-Law
Niece
Niece-In-Law
Nurse
Officer
Partner
Patient
Porter
Principal
Prisoner
Pupil
Relative
Roomer
Sailor
Sergeant
Servant
Servants Child
Sister
Sister-In-Law
Son
Son-In-Law
Step Granddaughter
Step Grandson
Stepbrother
Stepbrother-In-Law
Stepchild
Stepdaughter
Stepdaughter-In-Law
Stepfather
Stepfather-In-Law
Stepmother
Stepmother-In-Law
Stepsister
Stepsister-In-Law
Stepson
Stepson-In-Law
Superintendent
Tenant
Uncle
Uncle-In-Law
Visitor
Waiter
Waitress
Ward
Warden
Wife
Workman

#2 Guest_Michael Dietz_*

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 09:20 AM

One of my wife's great...uncles was the sheriff of a small town in Ohio in the 1850 census. I found him, his wife (assumed), and four children (assumed), plus a young lady with the family who's occupation was prisoner. Apparantly the town did not have a coed jail and so the young lady was incarcerated with the sheriff's family.

I wonder if her relationship would have been prisoner in your list since she was not a boarder or housekeeper?

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 07:56 AM

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 09:53 AM

Craig,

Thanks for posting the list. I found it very interesting.

But to answer your request, I believe the words that appear to be occupations may in fact be adjectives, adverbs & verbs used to modify the principle, e.g. the 'farm laborer' has a relationship to the principle as a "farm laborer". It appears to be all on how you view the context of usage. Although, I have never heard of a 'cousin-in-law'. Some do seem odd in the context of current usage, but they are probably archaic & were common 150-300 years ago, such as 'Bound Boy'.

Any other thoughts out there?


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