Re: John Ermis, nearby neighbor of Frank and Annie Bacak in 1900 (Elk, McLennan Co.)
- The 1890 census was destroyed in a fire. There are a few remnants from what online records I have seen, but not in the locals I am interested in. The 1890 census would have been useful for many of us since many of our families were either recent immigrants or moving from one area to another.
Have you tried looking at deed records or other county records? This may shed some light on your search. Some may be online or free, but some are still stuck in a room in a county courthouse. One of the most useful county record I found was called an "affidavit of heirship" that literally described a person's heirs as well as the person providing the info. A lot of times the informant was a person who had known the family for a long time. Informant may have been from the old country also.
--- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "Richard" <harmony98230@...> wrote:
> (Hello Rosemary!)
> I have long tried to find an 1890 census for Justice Precinct 8, McLennan County, when John Ermis probably lived next to "my" Frank Bacak by that time or vice-versa. (I have 1900 and 1920.) Frank was married to Annie in 1884 in Fayetteville, and next showed up in the 1900 census for Elk.
> In 1900, John Ermis (born Oct 1857, per 1900 census) lived two houses from Frank Bacak and family in what was surely the town of Elk. Frank's wife Annie died in 1903, and he reportedly walked away. He re-married in 1904 and lived in Dallas.
> I also can't seem to find my Bacak line in an 1890 census for Fayetteville, Fayette County or the same year for Justice Precinct 8 (West)? (I don't know that an 1890 census exists for those counties.) My direct Bacak line arrived in 1871. Looking for my line by name during this period is really difficult. In 1880 for example, Valentin Bacak was written as "Balentine Batcha". In 1900, Frank Bacak is written as "Frank Bachok", in a 1903 funeral record as "Bachak"; by 1910 his eldest son was recorded as "Bacake", and by 1920 it was written in the census correctly. It only took 40 years.
> Any help is greatly appreciated!
> Many thanks,