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As anyone who has worked with census listings can tell you, take any information in the census with a grain of salt. The originals are filled with misspellings and errors; when you add to that errors that might keep creep in because of scratched microfilm, nearly illegible handwriting, typos, etc., well... you'd be wise not to bet the farm that great-great-grandma Ethel was born in 1857 because she was 3 in the 1860 census (or that she spelled her name "Ethal").
If you find an ancestor or relative in these transcriptions, I'd recommend that you check the census microfilm yourself. There's additional information, such as (depending on the year) the relationship of everyone to the head of the household, everyone's birth month and year, whether the person could read, etc. Also, you may find other relatives or future spouses/inlaws living nearby. And you may have a different interpretation of the handwriting than that of the transcriber.
If you have corrections or comments concerning a listing, email me so it can be noted in the transcription.
Please share your transcriptions through this forum, so that they can benefit other researchers. Since it's difficult to trace female lines in our patriarchal society, please add notes to help connect these women with their families (i.e. "Nancy Dean was the daughter of James and Mary Slavens of Hendricks County, Indiana.")
If you have access to your states' Soundex indexes, would you please considering transcribing them for this site? Email me first so that we don't have two people duplicating efforts.