This blog contains information about James Irwin and his ancestors and descendants. James was born 16 Oct 1758 in Lack, Cumberland, Pennsylvania and died on 10 Feb 1847 in West Chester Township, Butler County, Ohio. James was resident of Milford Township in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He married Nancy (Agnes) on 2 Feb 1786 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. James and Nancy's children are Ann, John, Mary, Jane, James, Robert, William, Nancy, David S, and George.
1. Ancestor missing from a census?Use your ancestor's street address in a city directory published close to the census year to determine theenumeration district (ED)for that census. Then browse census records by ED looking for your ancestor.
2.Look for alternate sources of birth information.If you can't get a birth certificate, check city directories for places of worship where a baptism may have taken place. Directories also will list newspapers that may have published an announcement.
3.Narrow down a marriage date.Nineteenth- and early 20th-century marriages almost always involved a change in residence by at least one of the parties. Compare city directories from year to year, looking for a man newly listed with a wife or a woman disappearing from her parents' listing.
4.Find land records.Most city directories denote whether a person owns his property, or indicate otherwise with terms such as "renter" or "boards with." A shift from renter to owner status tells you to look for deeds.
5. Narrow down a death date.Death is only one of the possible explanations for your ancestor's disappearance from city directoriesbut it should be one of the possibilities you explore. Widows frequently are listed as "Mrs." or labeled "wid" or "widow."