When looking at data like the census, you can gather a lot of information and also make a lot of hypotheses about the data. For instance, if you see a man and a woman with the same last name, are they likely to be married?
Look at the Wonderly family (Nicholas, Sarah, Alexander and John).
Where were Nicholas and Sarah born? ___________________
Where were Alexander and John born?_____________________
Did the family come straight from Germany?________________
Now find the Platt family (O.L., Pheobe, Philip, Caleb)
What is O.L.s occupation?___________________________________
Speculate why Phoebe, Philip and Caleb dont have an occupation listed:
Find the youngest miner listed. What is his name?________________________
Find the oldest miner listed. What is his name? ____________________________
Look at the occupations listed:
What occupations surprised you? _______________________________________
Look at the age of the miners listed on the census. What do you notice about the miners ages? _______________
Speculate why none of the women have an occupation. Be ready to share your answer in a class discussion.
Write the name, age, sex, occupation birthplace and residence of one of the people listed in the census who interested you (you will be writing about him/her).
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