Sunday, August 26, 2012

Exploratory Data Analysis: Charles Wilson Lambertson (1872-1958)

Charles Lambertson (third from left)

1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Charles was born January 25, 1872 in Preble County, Ohio1

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               I have not yet searched contemporary newspapers at the time of Charles' birth to see if it was mentioned.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of any surviving Bible records for the Lambertson family.  Will continue to reach out to extended family members in the hopes that one does exist.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               I am not aware of a baptismal record for Charles, though I do not know the church affiliation of the family at this time.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Charles was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage license

          Charles was married on April 18, 1897 in Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana2 to Pearl May Beals.  I do not yet have a copy of their marriage license.

          1.2.1. Marriage notice in newspaper

               Will need to search out mention of their wedding on my next library research trip.

          1.2.2. Anniversary notice

               Charles and Pearl's wedding anniversary was mentioned in the newspaper on their 57th wedding anniversary2.  I need to search out other mentions of their anniversary.  Their 25th would have been in 1922, and their 50th was in 1947.

          1.2.3. Divorce decree

               There is no indication that they ever filed for divorce, but I have not searched court records to verify.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Charles died May 24, 1958 in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana3.  I have not yet obtained a copy of his death certificate.  Will add that to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.1. Obituary in newspaper

               Charles' obituary appeared in the May 26, 1958 edition of the Noblesville Daily Ledger3.  

               Charles' obituary appeared in the May 26, 1958 edition of the Elwood Call-Leader.

               Will need to search other local newspapers to see if his death was mentioned.

          1.3.2. Funeral home records

               According to his obituary, arrangements were handed by the Copher Funeral Home in Elwood.  Will need to contact the funeral home to see if they have any surviving records.

          1.3.3. Tombstone photograph

               Charles' tombstone in the Cicero City Cemetery has been photographed4, and was the subject of a previous post.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1930 Federal Census

               On April 2, 1930, Charles was enumerated in Sharpsville, Tipton County, Indiana5, as Charles W. Lambertson, age 57, married, Carpenter.  He was born in Ohio and both parents were also born in Ohio.  He was aged 25 at time of 1st marriage.  He was not a veteran.  Living in the household were wife, Pearl, age 51, born Indiana and daughter Elizabeth C., age 14, born in Indiana.

          2.1.2. 1920 Federal Census

               On January 14, 1920, Charles was enumerated in 3rd Ward, Elwood, Madison County, Indiana6, as Charles W. Lambertson, age 47, married, Carpenter.  He was born in Ohio and both parents were also born in Ohio.  He could read and write and speak English.  Living in the household were wife, Pearl M., age 41, born Indiana; son Orval E., age 17, born in Indiana; daughter Pauline, age 11, born in Indiana; son Paul, age 11, born in Indiana and daughter Elizabeth C., age 4 1/2, born in Indiana.

          2.1.3. 1910 Federal Census

               On April 23, 1910, Charles was enumerated in Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana7, as Charles Lambertson, age 38, married, Painter.  He was born in Ohio and both parents were also born in Ohio.  He could read and write and speak English.  He rented his home.  Living in the household were wife, Pearl, age 31, born Indiana; son Clemon B., age 11, born Indiana; son Orval E., age 8, born Indiana; daughter Leona B., age 5, born Indiana; son Paul, age 1 11/12, born Indiana and daughter Pauline, age 1 11/12, born in Indiana.

          2.1.4. 1900 Federal Census

               On June 16, 1900, Charles was enumerated in the Carey Lambertson household in Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana8, as Charles Lambertson, age 29, born January 1871 in Ohio, a brick setter.  Both his parents were born in Ohio and he could read, write and speak English.  His wife, Pearl, age 22, and son Clemon, age 1, were also enumerated in the household.

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 1, 1880, Charles was enumerated in the Carry Lambertson household in German Township, Montgomery County, Ohio9, as Charles W. Lambertson, age 8, born in Ohio.  Both parents were listed as born in Ohio. He had attended school within the year.


     2.2. State Census Records

          The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919, and 1931.  These however, were merely for the purposes of determining legislative apportionment.

          Ohio state census records are not known to exist.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet examined these types of records to see what light might be shed on the Lambertson family farm.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          I need to search out online draft registration to see if Charles was listed.  He might have been eligible for the Spanish-American War.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by Charles.

     3.3. Service Records

          I am not aware of any military service by Charles.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be searched thoroughly in Hamilton, Howard and Madison Counties, Indiana for records of his land purchases.  I have been told that he dealt with a number of rental properties.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Will need to search out the various plat maps in the above mentioned counties for locations of Lambertson property, including city maps in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available to search for Charles include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next courthouse research trip.

Sources :

1. Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962, digital images, Family Search Internet online [www.familysearch.org], accessed 6 February 2011.
2. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lambertson Wedding Anniversary article, Anderson Daily Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, USA, April 14, 1953, page 13.
3. Obituary of Charles W. Lambertson, Noblesville Daily Ledger, Noblesville, Indiana, May 26, 1958, page 8.
4. Charles Lambertson tombstone, Cicero City Cemetery, Cicero, Indiana.
5. Charles W. Lambertson household, 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Sharpsville, Tipton County, Indiana, ED 80-9, SD 6, sheet 1B, dwelling 17, family 17; National Archives micropublication T626.
6. Charles W. Lambertson household, 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, 3rd Ward, Elwood, Madison County, Indiana, ED 138, SD 84, sheet 6, dwelling 138, family 143; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 449.
7. Charles Lambertson household, 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana, ED 104, SD 9, sheet 6, dwelling 156, family 158; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 353.
8. Carey Lambertson household, 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana, ED 84, SD 9, sheet 2, dwelling 345, family 371; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 375.
9. Carry Lambertson household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, German Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, ED 165, SD 2, page 14B, dwelling 199, family 138; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1052.



This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.
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