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"Wild card might have helped on this one: Tonight I just tracked Gus Magnuson, a Swede, through the censuses from 1900 to 1930 in Kansas, including state censuses in years ending in "5". He name appears in the records as Gustof, Gustav,…"
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"Sandy, a term for an occupation would not be inserted among given names. It is common in German, however, to address or refer to people more formally by including the occupation with the surname. "Herr Aktuar Mueller" would be the…"