For the last couple of weeks, I have been going to the Allen County Public Library to look at what they have available to help me with my genealogy research. I have been focusing my research on my Ontario family. I have been looking at the mircofilm for the Canadian censuses (since they are not all online) and I also started looking at some cemetery transcriptions. I have been able to find most of the census records for the people that I know about. I could not find James and Elizabeth FARRELL in the 1861 census until I found some indexes that had been done. I can't find them in 1851 because the census records for the townships where they were living, as well as the STULLs, were destroyed.
I still am having trouble located the records for the ROGERS family. I know that John and Sophia were living in Niagara Township, Niagara County, Ontario in 1871 and I found them on that census, but I could not find them in 1881 or 1891. Ancestry.com released the 1891 Canadian census yesterday and I was really excited to start searching. I finally found Hattie ROGERS living with her brother and sisters in Niagara Township. They were listed as lodgers with Frank and Louisa HAVENS. In 1901, I found that Maud was living with the HAVENS again, but was now listed as a neice. It looks like both of their parents died before 1891 then. The brother George was young enough that I found his birth record and it also gave Sophia's maiden name as WHITMORE. When I searched the 1851 census for her, I found that she was neighbors to John ROGERS. If I had looked down the page after I had found John, I may have connected Sophia even earlier. I have found a birth record for an Alice Maude ROGERS that fits her age on the census, but lists a different mother (Sarah ANDREWS). I haven't found Sophia's death record yet, so I wonder if John remarried before he died in 1876, just 4 months after Alice Maude was born. Or maybe the two John ROGERS are different.
One interesting thing that I found when researching this family was George ROGERS' death record. He died at age 22 years from a pitchfork going into his eye and then to his brain. Below is that record.
Hopefully with now having the WHITMOREs to look for in the census, I can also find the ROGERS in 1861 and 1881. I found a map that shows that they both lived right on Lake Ontario and since they were neighbors, they should be enumerated close together in the census.