Family surname change?
I have a family with the last name as Tyler. However, one of the children goes by Schmidt. When I searched her through Ancestry, she came up as daughter of Joseph Schmidt, with the rest of the family. There is apparently a 1930 Americus, Sumter, Georgia, United States census, as a user put it in as proof of residence. But there was no link and no indication of a different name.
I have tried to access the 1930 Americus, Sumter, Georgia, United States census with no luck. Any ideas?
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On FamilySearch historical records I see there is only one family named Tyler in Americus, Sumter, Georgia, United States during the 1930 US census. Apparently, one member of that family later married a Joseph Schmidt.
On FamilySearch Family Tree this family is present but the child with surname Schmidt is not attached to the correct parents.
Is that enough help for you to proceed?1
It looks to me like a typical blended second family situation. Whether or not Gwendolyn's parents married, they did establish a household with her and her older half-siblings.
A tip: Use Alternate Name fields to enter each of her mother's married names. That primes the FT hints system to find more historical records.
Edit to add: Gwendolyn's profile has attached the 1945 Florida state census, but FS has indexed that census by individual, not by household. The census is not yet attached to the rest of the household. To attach it, from Gwendolyn's Sources page open that source, view the source image, then in the index listing below the image click each of the names of the other household members in turn to attach the source to their profiles.0
Thank you both! I'm not sure the mother married Mr Schmidt. Gwendolyn was definitely born after the divorce in 1934. All the children retained the name of Tyler, though. Gwendolyn did use the name Schmidt along with Tyler. Took a lot of poking in dark corners!0
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
Are you certain this individual was the daughter of Joseph Schmidt, and not someone of very similar identity?
In census records, I frequently encounter cases of a married daughter (minus her husband) in the household of her parents and siblings. On the face of it, (but I admit I have not viewed the census page in question) this seems to be a straightforward case of the former Miss Tyler having become Mrs Schmidt. I'd have to be 100% sure the person you are seeing in Ancestry is the daughter of Joseph Schmidt. Otherwise, the only other theory I work on, in similar cases, is that she might be an adoptive daughter. Is her marital status not shown in the census?1
Gwendolyn was a baby for the census. I'm supposing her mother married Mr Schmidt. Gwendolyn used both Schmidt and Tyler (or Tanner, I've forgotten) on her marriage license. Perhaps the relationship with Mr Schmidt didn't last long.
Maybe as the 1950 Census comes out I'll find more information.
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
Sorry if I got the matter confused! Must be me, as the other two answers you received addressed your issue far more clearly!0