Suffer the Little Children

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

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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