I am reviewing a 1850 Census Image for Western Pennsylvania, and under place of birth I see both what looks like a "Pa" and a "Do". I know some of the individuals marked "Do" were born in Pennsylvania, but why is there a difference as the penmanship looks to be the same individual in both of the following examples. There is also some "Do" marks in the occupation column.

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Do is short for Ditto which means that it is the same as the line above.

  • No problem - sometimes you'll see " instead. – PolyGeo Nov 13 '14 at 19:14
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    @CRSouser -- You'll also find "do" = ditto in printed materials (e.g. New England City Directories) as well as handwritten ones. – Jan Murphy Nov 13 '14 at 20:46
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    You also see -- on many US census pages. It pays to review the instructions or intro pages or just browse forward and back in any record group to see what an individual recorder was using or supposed to be using when consecutive entries had the same entry. – bgwiehle Nov 13 '14 at 21:29

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