The Genealogy Insider blog had a posting today about DDD schedules. I'll be honest...I hadn't heard of the DDD schedules or paid attention to column 15 of the 1880 census. Perhaps that was because I didn't have any ancestors that had a notation in that column, but I had to be sure I hadn't missed anything. So I set about to check various ancestors, and while I didn't find any ddd's, I did notice something that had escaped my initial research...the census takers "remarks." Here is a portion of the page I was viewing. The enumerater made several comments at the bottom of the page.
None of these were my family, but what if they had been? I might have missed them completely. So now, besides looking for ddd's, I also have to look at the end of township enumerations for any "remarks" I missed. OK...I must go now and get busy.