This project maps Lebanese households in select North Carolina cities from 1900 to 1930, allowing you to explore the geography of Lebanese communities and learn more about Lebanese immigrants, their families, and others—such as boarders—with whom they lived.
These maps are built on census data, which is collected every ten years by the federal government. Census data is imperfect and incomplete. The process relies on individuals reporting truthfully, the enumerator recording the information completely and consistently, and researchers transcribing accurately the sometimes smudged and occasionally illegible handwriting that grace these historical documents. For all of these reasons, census data is not entirely accurate. We are confident, though, that it provides a useful window into the composition of households in times past.
A Note About Names
The idea that there is one “correct” spelling of a name is a fairly modern invention, and one that is complicated by language, transliteration, and translation. Where possible, we have verified and standardized the spelling of names across census years and cities—but we recognize that even these spellings are often Americanized versions of Arabic names.
A Note About Locations
To the extent possible, we’ve mapped households at their precise historic addresses. However, in some cases, complete address information was left out of the census, or the address does not appear on the historic maps used in this project. In these situations, we consulted other resources and used our own discretion to make educated decisions about the likely location of households.
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