What does OT mean in relationship column in 1910 US Census?

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I know they used OT for other race but what does it mean in the relationship column?  Seems to only be applied when women are the sole head of the household.

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I have one that has the wife notes as WT and a biological daughter as OT - the father is listed as the head, so that isn't the case for mine...

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I can't say for sure what it means, but your guess looks like it's correct.

Regardless of what it means, the "OT" is an annotation that was added some time after the census was recorded, maybe by a worker in the census office or maybe by a later researcher. It looks like they marked all of the female heads of household that way. They also marked "OT" for adult women who were identified as servants. The adult women who are identified as "Wife" or who appear to be married and living with a husband are annotated "Wf." It looks like the markings were part of an analysis to determine what fractions of women were living with husbands and without husbands. Interesting, but not a census detail that we need to pay attention to for genealogical purposes!
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