The title of this project - "Correlations" - is a bit of a play on
words. The goal is to correlate the 1850 census records for Warren
County, Tennessee with other types of records which show family
connections: marriage, probate, court, land, Bible, Ancestral File,
personal GEDCOM files, magazine articles, Internet newsgroup messages,
and so forth. If we can do this, we might expect to see many
"co-relations" develop among the families listed in the census.
Stage I of this project was completed in 1994 when a team of volunteers
entered the entire 1850 census into a PAF database, linking individuals
into family groups wherever it appeared "plausible." Our
are described more fully on a separate page. There were 8468 individuals
in 1385 households. The biggest family tree consisted of 14 individuals.
Certain fields from this database were then extracted and saved in a
comma-delimited format, suitable for importing into any general purpose
(104K) is essentially a straight
transcription of the census and does not assume any family links. The
census numbering system does generate a unique ID for everyone living in
the county, which is useful for making hypotheses and deductions in
Stage II will be a never-ending story as we establish more and more
family links in the PAF database. Details about our
can be found on another page. It is exciting to see clusters of families coalesce
into bigger and bigger connected groups. My
program for PAF now counts 4604 records connected by ties of blood or
marriage in the largest "tree."
The database has been used by a social scientist, Dr. Douglas White, to
illustrate kinship patterns. A graph shows clusters of families with multiple inter-relationships.
The most current GEDCOM file can be downloaded from this site. The ZIP
file will always be labelled
(310K) for ease in file transfer requests. The name of the
GEDCOM inside the ZIP file will change to reflect the date of creation.
You may check the
history file to see the latest additions.
If you are interested in only a few names from the GEDCOM file, you might
find Randy Winch's program
GEDSPLIT a handy way
to view and extract them.
A searchable version of the GEDCOM file with a surname index is hosted at
I must admit I feel somewhat apologetic about the plain and primitive
appearance of this web page. I would like to provide more features, such
as a form to register your interests in specific records. I regret that
I do not have the time and resources at the moment to do these things,
but if I wait until I do, the database itself might never see the light
of day. In the meantime, the surname frequency
list may help you decide if you would like to download and work with
the bigger files.
The value of this project will grow exponentially as more and more
people participate and provide cross-checks on our hypothetical
connections. I would be delighted to incorporate your information and
corrections into the database. Your name and contact information will be
included in future editions of the GEDCOM file unless you request
I would also enjoy hearing from others who are managing projects of this
nature. You can reach me by e-mail APTurner@AOL.COM or snail-mail, 418
Gilbert Avenue, Menlo Park CA 94025. No phone calls, please -- I am very
hard of hearing, and names and numbers are particularly difficult for me
to catch on the phone.
In search of Emaline ID #1047-02