Helmut wrote... Engelbert Wewer I have also a copy of Petition for Naturalization,
Year 1864, New York County, but I can not find him in a Census.
Are not all Census list online or what is the reason?
A few tricks I use when I have trouble finding someone in the census in online database (such as ancestry.com or heritagequestonline.com)ï¿½ is toï¿½searchï¿½on the first name only (no surname) in the State or County (which can yield results if the last name is mispelled)...ï¿½to searchï¿½on just theï¿½surname name (in caseï¿½s/he was enumerated by initals or a nickname)... andï¿½also toï¿½expandï¿½the search into surrounding states/counties (there are/were multiple counties in NYC metropolitan area and it is across the Hudson River from New Jersey)
The fact is, however, that some times people/families were simply missed.ï¿½ I have a couple of families that I cannot findï¿½and I know where they were living.ï¿½ Iï¿½have carefully gone over every entry not just for the city/town but for the entire county (searching on just the county, with no name or surname!)ï¿½and the families simply are not enumerated.