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Part 1: Findings Prior to March 2007

The initial information I found came from the 1880 Census of the United States and the 1895 Iowa State Census. Several years ago both of these items looked very promising, but now I think the family in the 1880 U.S. Cenus is not related to us.

The 1880 U.S. Census

The first Christina Vennerberg I found in the U.S. Census resided in Wausaw, Wisconsin in 1880. She was enumerated with her husband August, son Alfred, and brother-in-law Gustaf. At the time, I thought this might be our Christina, however, in light of the new information I have found, I have ruled out this couple. They are included on this page to document the research trail.

August Vennerberg - 1880 Census - Wausaw, Wisconsin

The 1895 Iowa State Census

On Ancestry.com I found an entry in the 1895 Iowa State Census that appears to combine the surnames Vennerberg and Carlson. The problem with this entry is that it is unclear how the entry for Ludwig Vennerberg fits in with the surrounding records. Ludwig Vennerberg could reside with the Carlsons listed above his name, live alone, or reside with the family listed below his name.

As I recall, it was a transcription rather than an image, but the entries were transcribed in order and shown in context (like a typewritten page). However, when I went back to find the listing in Ancestry's 1895 Iowa State Census database, the format had changed—it only had listings for individuals and no option to put the records into context. Fortunately, I copied down the original information I found and saved it in my Vennerberg research database:

Ludwig appears in the 1895 Iowa State census just below a Carlson family and above another family. From the online listing of the census, it is unclear whether Ludwig resides with this Carlson family or is a single person living alone. This is the online listing:

Name: John M. Carlson
Age: 42
Race: W
Birthplace: Sweden

Name: Ellen Carlson
Age: 31
Race: W
Birthplace: Sweden

Name: Julius Carlson
Age: 7
Race: W
Birthplace: Des Moines Co IA

Name: Eva Carlson
Age: 3
Race: W
Birthplace: Des Moines Co IA

Name: Georgia Carlson
Age: 2
Race: W
Birthplace: Des Moines Co IA

Name: Ludwig Vennerberg
Age: 25
Race: W
Birthplace: Sweden

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