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I am working the Thacker family, Thacker-1914. He is said to own a hotel in CA. On the census his Dwell #84 Family#36. lists 10 people.Then Dwelling#85 lists 2. Dwelling#86 lists 2 people. Dwelling#87 lists 2 people. Dwelling#88 lists 4 people. my question is are Dwellings 85-88 belong to same family number? Here is the link to the census. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6DCS-S6N?i=8&cc=1438024&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AMZMW-ZTJ
WikiTree profile: John Thacker
in Genealogy Help by Vickie Miranda G2G1 (1.6k points)

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It would appear that this particular censustaker classed as "family" only what we would call a nuclear family (i.e., husband, wife, and children, with perhaps one of the parents absent). But if the people living in a dwelling house were unrelated (i.e., what we would call a group house) he did not class them as a family - this applies, for example, to dwelling 88, which has 4 unrelated laborers living there. This seems contrary to the instructions for 1870 census enumerators, which provided that all persons living under the same roof and provided for at a common table were to be considered a family; thus, assuming the four laborers in dwelling 88 ate together, they would have been considered a family under the instructions.

by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)
Thank you for your answer, which does make sense. What really threw me off was the way it was transcribed all names lumped together.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZMW-ZTM

And Thos born Ill, is John's twin brother.

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