Saturday, July 15, 2017

3 Resources to Improve Your Census Research


3 Resources to Improve Your Census Research and Get Better Results

3 Resources to Improve Your Census Research for Better Results

Census records are one of the fundamental record sets that genealogists, both beginner and experienced, use for family history research. The U.S. Federal Census is taken every 10 years and may contain detailed personal information about your ancestor and their family members. 

Beyond personal information such as the location of where your ancestor lived, age, marital status and race, a census record may provide you with the language spoken, country of origin and any military participation. In addition to the Federal Census, many states performed a census on the fifth year between the Federal Census. 

Knowing what census information is available for the time frame and location you are researching can lead to additional, valuable details, such as on an agricultural census. The U.S. Federal Census should be your first step, but it shouldn't be your only step in census research.

I've selected three resources that provide greater detail into the census overall as well as more specific information in the 1910 census and information on those other census records we might not immediately think to review.

Using the Census in Genealogy Research - From the New York Public Library


This is an overview post, containing background on the census as well as some pro tips to maximize your searching.

What Is the 1910 Census Telling You About Your Ancestor? - From Lisa Lisson

Not all census are created equal. This post details the information available specific to the 1910 census.

Don't Neglect The Other Census Records - From Amy Johnson Crow

If you are unable to find your person(s) in the U.S. Federal Census, consider the options covered in this post. 

These 3 posts are just a start to get your census research moving forward to begin seeing the results you need to move your research forward.

Pin this post for later with this image. 
3 Resources to Improve Your Census Research for Improved Results

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Watch, Listen & Learn - 5 Genealogy Resources On Air and Online

Helping You Break Through The Noise

Helping you break through the noise and find the good stuff. There is a growing collection of audio and video content available specific to genealogy and family history research. While that is great news for researchers, finding quality content is more challenging. I am spotlighting podcast episodes and video content that has a high educational and/or entertainment value. Enjoy!

Watch, Listen & Learn - Breaking Through the Genealogy Noise to find great genealogy and family history related content on air and online - from Desperately Seeking Surnames.

In The Spotlight Audio Content

  • ExtremeGenes

Episode 177 - Genealogy Road Show Host Kenyatta Berry on Tricks for Researching Slaves and How They Apply to Any Type of Research.
Episode 192 - Perfectly Preserved 19th Century Child Found in Back Yard, Identified and Reburied with Dignity
  • Family Tree Magazine Podcast

    Episode 109 - Episode covers using old maps and mapping tools to learn more about your ancestors through the places they've lived and loved.

In The Spotlight Video Content 

  •  The In-Depth Genealogist 

Interview with Katherine Willson Host Valerie Eichler Lair interviews Katherine Willson. They discuss Katherine's compilation of Facebook links for genealogy.

Watch, Listen & Learn from these podcast and video episodes as well as the many others available. Be sure to subscribe to their channels so you do not miss an episode. 

Read my previous Watch, Listen & Learn posts by starting here. If you have a favorite podcast or YouTube channel, please share in the comments. Follow my Pinterest board that is all podcast and video content, all the time.

Save this post for later on Pinterest, using this pinnable image.

5 Online Genealogy Resources for Family History Research - YouTube channels and podcasts you will want to subscribe to.