This is a compilation of information from a number of different sources. It is not my intention or desire to infringe on copyrights, therefore I am including only the barest of information, and solely for the purpose of seeing who was where when and with whom, with consideration to variant UM spellings and individuals from families with names similar to UM. Actual census records should be consulted for specifics.
See also Variant Spellings
THE INDIVIDUALS LISTED ARE NOT ALL UMS. There were a lot of OLMsteads who used Umstead and Umsted and a few are known to have been in Pennsylvania. Some real UMs in western Pennsylvania are said to have used the Olmstead spelling, beginning in about 1840. Some listings may be variants of the Anstadts or other families. Those who are known to be from other families will be noted as such as it is determined, so watch for updates.
Spellings as they appear on various census indexes do not always agree with the spelling on actual census images. These will be noted and corrected online as I run into them.
These are only heads of household or single individuals, some of whom were in the households of others. This is NOT to be deemed a source of firm genealogical information on any family, it is merely a guide to what's out there with an Umstead or similar spelling. Actual census and other primary records should be used to determine who's ours and who isn't. Sources offering census images that I know about are listed at the bottom.
This material is laid out in several ways: in YEARS by first name or by location. If you look at states or PA counties, you will find all years there (up to whatever point I've got them done).
by county - see map below
*Western PA Counties
I'm hoping to use a map from a book called PENNSYLVANIA LINE, A Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy and Local History, published by Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services. Permission has been requested. This book has proven to be indispensible time and time again, and I highly recommend it. It may be ordered from the above at P O Box 253, Laughlintown, PA 15655 for a mere ten bucks, which includes postage.
|WFT CD 310 Census Index Colonial America 1607-1789
|WFT CD 311 Census Index US Selected Counties 1790
|Early Records Hampshire Co, VA, Sage & Jones
|Historical Society of Montgomery County (PA)
|Hunsicker, Clifton S, MONTGOMERY CO, PA - A HISTORY, Lewis Hist Publ, NY, 1923
|Pennsylvania Land Applications, VOL2: New Purchase Applications 1769-1773, McCrea
|Rupp, I Daniel, THIRTY THOUSAND NAMES, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore 1965
U.S. Federal Census IMAGES, from 1790 to 1930 are available by paid subscription at Ancestry.com. Most are linked to indexes. Ancestry.com has updated their search engine and index in some marvelous ways. I have found and corrected several transcription errors in the index. You can pick a census and go through the images page by page. At the bottom of the image are listed the names as shown in the index, and that's where you submit corrected spellings. You can also search, for instance, Montgomery Co, MD by a first name, i.e. Abaham.
If you're surfing through Ancestry.com, please use caution when using material from online gedcom trees. The info is not always documented. Also, while you're at it, if you come across content that clearly came from www.umstead.org and has been posted without credit to www.umstead.org, please let me know so that I can have it corrected. I've been running into it lately.
There are other online census sources, but I don't use them, so I'm not up to date on them. One is Archives.com.
The Pennsylvania Archives may be searched free at Footnote.com.
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last updated 7 April 2010