It has been a while since I posted an handwriting sample for interpretation.

I know what the last name here is for the second person listed on this 1900 census entry from upstate New York.

Wondering if site users have any ideas what it might be. It makes a good point how why searching online indexes can be difficult and why first name searches are sometimes effective.

The head of household in this entry is actually 16 years old, but that is another story altogether.




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  1. Looking at the spelling/writing of daughter, I think Margaret’s last name starts with a D, Demarah, although I’ve never heard of that name. Could be when the enumerator heard the name he spelled it like it sounded, not like it is correctly spelled.

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