It is I who should be apologizing. I noted that you were new and got in a hurry and forgot to give additional information that would have helped. First of all the census fields:
There are other fields in the census that I do not include. They are sometimes of interest but have no genealogical significance.
Birth certificates: You will be somewhat disappointed to find out that the States did not enforce by law the recording of births until the 1900’s. For Illinois it was about 1916. Some counties did collect births prior to that but kept them poorly and haphazardly. Same applies for deaths. However, burial/death records were much better preserved and sometime give the birth date as well. While it is not considered a primary source for births, it may be the only source.
Here are the death records for Daniel and Josephine:
From Cemeteries of Brown County, Illinois
Ripley Cemetery, pp. 313-331
Daniel W. O’Neal, Corp. Co. 16th Inf., d. 29 Jul 1906
Josephine O’Neal, d. 19 Mar 1914.
Several of their children are buried here too.
Here is the marriage information and you can get a notarized certificate from the county for this. Last I checked it was $5. Here’s the url for this resource: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html
Groom Bride Date Book/page Entry County
ONEAL, DANIEL W BUTLER, JOSEPHINE 07/03/1867 C /56 707 BROWN
I hope this helps you a little. The burial entries did not provide birth dates as I had hoped but at least you can calculate the year of birth from the census. They also should have obituaries in the local newspaper that might give their birth dates. The Versailles Area Historical and Genealogical Society has a collection of obituaries and you should be able to write them and request the obituaries for them. I do not know if they charge for the service. You can get their address from the Brown county Webpage.
From: Kim [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004 1:13 AM
To: Ken and Laurie Huffman
Subject: Re: Brown County (1870 Census Index)
Sorry that I am new but what do these numbers mean? Can I find a birth certificate from these?