Yesterday I was trying to figure out why a certain Williamson was not showing up in the 1900 Pope County, Arkansas census. Supposedly he had lived there all his life. How come he was missing from the census?
Well, he wasn't missing. He was just lost in census transcription hell. It seems the person reviewing the record saw HELLEAUSON instead of WILLIAMSON.
The way I found it was a total fluke. I was searching for a record for someone else and I saw the family on the same census page.
Now my little census timeline for this person is complete.