How can one determine the relationship of individuals on the 1860 census. On the 1860 hardy county va census, my great grandfather Thomas Wilson is placed below a Pamelia Wilson, and above that a Judy Wilson. Can I safely assume that Thomas is Pamelia's son born out of wedlock?Steve - This is an important question in genealogy. The short answer is "Absolutely not!"
You should never assume anything in genealogy research. You can however create what I call a Working Theory, based on the facts you have found.
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