Suffer the Little Children

It is possible to do the following search in the 1900 federal population census:

Immigrant children at Ellis Island (NARA.gov photo)
Immigrant children at Ellis Island (NARA.gov photo)

SEARCH—MOTHER—NUMBER OF LIVING CHILDREN

Inserting the following numbers of living children (Exact) in the above search produced the following results:

10: 134,814
15: 1,204
20: 30
25: 4

By the way, virtually all these women lost at least one child in the course of giving birth to so many. The following search helps illustrate just how big a problem child mortality still was in 1900:

SEARCH—MOTHER—HOW MANY CHILDREN

Inserting total numbers of children (Exact) in the above search produced the following results:

10: 433,307
15: 33,025
20: 1,682
25: 190

How can researchers access the federal population census? You may use Heritage Quest Online from home with a valid SLPL library card and PIN, or at Central Library or any of our branches.

You may use Ancestry Library Edition at Central Library or any of our branches.

Here’s a list of SLPL reference databases.

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