There is no index into the 1851 census. If you don't know where in Wales
your ancestor lived, you are going to have difficulty in finding him. You say he
came from New York to Iowa. Did he live in New York City or New York State?
Or did he merely come into that port? Howard County, IA must have a history
of the county. There should be a mention of the Welsh settlements there since
there were four Welsh churches in that county. Remember the Welsh are
clannish and one of the first things they did when they settled in a place was to
start a church. I would try for the Historical Society in that county or the
local Library. This information may not be on line. You may not find your
ancestor's name there but you may find that the Welsh that settled there came from
a certain area of Wales. Once you do have the area of Wales, then I would
check for your ancestor. You also need to check the records of that county,
including land and property, tax, probate, schools, censuses, county and family
histories and I think somewhere along the line you will find him. Good luck.
Sat, 26 Feb 2005 19:00:21 -0800
From: "Rick" <lobosolo4(a)comcast.net>
I am new to research in Wales and am wondering if there exists a census for
1851 and if anyone is able to do lookups?
Unfortunately, I do not from what area in Wales my great-grandfather came.
He arrived in the US between the years of 1858-1860 and then returned home
for his father's funeral around 1861-1862 and the returned to the US with his
mother during that same period.
His name, Richard Owen Thomas, is unremarkable. He did name one son Emrys
Milton, another David Richard, and my grandfather, Owen Arthur. So I do not
see many clues in their names.
My great-grandfather went from NY to northern Iowa and Howard County. This
was determined by my grandfather stating that he was born in Cresco, IA and I
do find reference to a Richard O. Thomas in the 1870 census.
If anyone has suggestions or by some miracle has a connection to these
people, I would be most appreciative in hearing from them.
Richard Owen Sergeant