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Introduction to census searching in Ancestry, part I

Introduction to census searching in Ancestry, part I

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  • 1. Census Research
    Why start with the census?
    • Everybody had to participate
    • 2. Gives a SNAPSHOTof the family every ten years
    • 3. Where they lived
    • 4. Who was in the family
    • 5. Basic profile for each family member
    Research Process
    Move from the KNOWN to the UNKNOWN
    Start with the recent, move to the past
  • 6. Census Basics
    Most recent available: 1930
    72-year privacy rule: 1940 census available April 2012
    1890 census damaged in 1921 and later destroyed; only remnants exist
    Some other censuses have missing data for some counties
    1790 to 1840: only head of household named; others counted by age and sex
    1850 and after, every person in household listed
  • 7. Learn about Ancestry collections
    Home page of Ancestry Library Edition = ALE
  • 8. U.S. Census Collection at ALE
    Learn about the census on Ancestry
    If you enter names here ALE will search all 15 censuses !
    Click on links here to search one census at a time
    Scroll down V
  • 9. Further down on first census page in ALE: Get blank forms for reference
    Click here to Search one year at a time
  • 10. Blank census forms at Genealogy.comhttp://genealogy.com/00000023.html
  • 11. Reminder:
    Print out blank census forms so you can examine the column headings
    Each census has different headings and contains varying information
    Blank form sources
    Ancestry
    Genealogy.com
  • 12. Single Census Year Search Page: 1850 for example
    Valuable info located on
    search page
    of each census
    Identifies original source of the images
    Gives background about the
    particular census
  • 13. First Census, 1790 - Sample
    • Hand-drawn page
    • 14. Little information:
    ~Head of household
    ~Sex & age of members
    • Not necessarily in order by residence location
  • 1840 Census - Sample
    Printed form
    Shows:
    ~ Head of
    household
    ~ Members’
    sex, age, race
    1840
  • 15. After 1850, every household member named
    Listed in order of visit to residence
    Additional Information:
    ~Age, sex, race
    ~Occupation
    ~Property Value
    ~Birthplace
    ~Literacy
    1850