Category Archives: census


When I first saw FindMyPast I was particularly struck by the maps which show you the person’s location on that census. I could see many uses for that. And the census maps in FindMyPast would be useful — IF they … Continue reading

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1940 Census

I’m not excited about the 1940 Census. I know. I know. It’s heresy to say that with all the hype that is going on. But it’s true. I know where all my ancestors and most other family members were in … Continue reading

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FamilySearch is constantly adding searchable records. I tested their records for Cook County, Illinois. I note you cannot right click and save a section but if you have Windows 7 you can use the snipping tool. If you hover over … Continue reading

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Digital Organizing

You’ve been scanning away. Time to organize. If you follow the outlines of this flexible system you will always be able to find your digital documents. Pictures are a separate topic. I use an external hard plugged into a USB … Continue reading

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Vital Records and Alternates

In 1900 only 18 states [including future states] registered vital records. It was not mandatory in all of those, but it was encouraged. Thus you might find vital records in Vermont back to 1779, Massachusetts 1842, New Jersey 1843, Connecticut … Continue reading

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The Census is often overlooked as an information source. It’s much more than a list of the names of the people who lived at a particular location. It is particularly useful for people researching ancestors 1870-1930 as those censuses contain … Continue reading

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