What I Was Looking For
I was excited when the 1930 census was made available to the public. I would be able to see my father as a 2 year old in the census and my mother as a 1 year old. So I began my searches.
I searched for my mother in the county and state where I knew I would find her with her parents. She was the oldest so she would be the only child in the household. According to the family stories, they lived in Sweetwater, Nolan Co, Texas. Family stories said that my grandparents and my mother moved to Sweetwater between the birth of my mother and her sister. My mother was born in September 1928 in Big Spring, Howard Co, Texas and her sister was born in May 1931 in Sweetwater, Nolan Co, Texas. I believed that my mother was under a year old when they moved.
I knew they lived in town, because my grandfather was a civil engineer and didn't own a farm. I also knew that they lived next door to my grandfather's cousin, Charles Ross. So I searched for William R. Couch in the 1930 Nolan Co,
The Family I Found
The 1930 census for Nolan Co, TX, lists:
William R. Couch as a Civil Engineer, the same as my grandfather's occupation. His birthplace and the birthplaces of his parents match what I already knew about my grandfather's family.
Flora Couch's birthplace and parents' birthplaces also matched what I knew about my grandmother's family.
Vera Couch, aged 1 1/2 years, was the right age to be my mother.
How I Claimed My Family
Since I want my research to be viewed as credible, I would need other evidence.
I remembered the picture in my grandparents' photo album.
The one of my mother as a toddler,
...on the sidewalk in front of the house,
...with the house number on it.
I knew my grandmother had written the street and town name on that page of photos of my mother playing in the snow. It could be used as one piece of evidence.
I looked at the album page and sure enough it was exactly as I had remembered it and there was the address:
406 East Ave. C,
Since my mother was born mid-September 1928, this photo was taken in late January or early February 1930. The census was enumerated for April 1st that year. Also, there are subsequent pictures of my mother and her siblings at this same house, so I know they didn't move for several years.
All of this affirmed for me that the stories were correct: they lived in Sweetwater in 1930.
Since I had an exact address and I knew that the 1930 census listed the house number for families living in town, I checked the census for William R. Couch's house number and street name. His house number was 406 and the street name was Ave C. [Check out the instructions for census takers.]
By the way, this is what the house looks like now  via Google Maps
It was nice to know that I remembered my facts correctly, but since my mother's name is not on the photo, I will need additional evidence. The photo album has this inscription inside :
|William and Flora Couch Album, 1926-1937|
- Delayed birth certificate for Vera Couch, with affidavit by her mother, Flora Couch
- Birth certificate for my birth, listing Vera as my mother
- Marriage license for my grandparents
- Marriage license for my parents
These documents support the lineage of the individuals in the census and their connection to me.
What I Learned