Census Intro Fall2010UD

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Introduction to census searching in Ancestry, part I

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Census Intro Fall2010UD

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

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