Sunday, September 28, 2008


In the last entry we used a free census search service for the 1900 U.S. Census. The service provided by did not provide an online search for later than 1900. Many LDS Family History Centers have access to other online services that are free to use. Find a FHC that is close to you by clicking on FHCSearch. Another place for free online searches are in the public libraries. Some public libraries such as the Baltimore County Public Library offer the ability to search from home using your library card number.

We used the online site at and selected "Research Database" from the left-hand side. We select "Genealogy" and it gives us the choice of using or HeritageQuest. Both are available at the library computer but only HeritageQuest is available from home. After selecting the site, we are prompted to enter our library card number. We are then given six areas to search. For now we select "Census". We type the Surname: RUTH, Given Name: GEORGE, Census Year: 1910. Click on "Search" and a list of states appear for George Ruth. Select the state of Maryland, which has four choices.

Clicking on RUTH, George H. age 15 brings up the image for St. Mary's Industrial School. The image is of poor quality and difficult to read. George H. Ruth is the 41st item down and does not tell us much, other than his age and that he is a "pupil". Click on the image to the right to view the actual image.

Back on the HeritageQuest site, click on the back-arrow and select George H. RUTH age 39. George, Sr. is the 81st item down. The address is 400 or 406 Conway Street. The father is a proprietor of a saloon. The mother has had seven children but only two are surviving. George, Jr. is listed again as well as his sister Mary age 9. You may view it by clicking on the image to the right.

In the 1900 Census, Catherine Ruth was born in Maryland and both parents were from Germany. In 1910 it shows that her parents were born in Maryland. It is a reminder that this information must be taken "with a grain of salt".

George Herman Ruth, Jr. cannot be found in the 1920 Census. This was the time, when he was sold to the New York Yankees. Maybe, he was moving around at the time and the Census taker missed him. In my experience this does not happened very often - but it does happen.

Unfortunately, the HeritageQuest site has not fully indexed the 1930 Census. Next time we will find him at one of the subscription sites.


Nearest FHC

Baltimore County Public Library Search

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