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Census on Ancestry Part I

Census on Ancestry Part I






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    • Ancestry: Search & Results Overview
    • Ancestry Searching: Overview
      Searches the index, not the images. Index = a human-made partial transcription of the census information.
      Errors created at any point may hinder your search: informant errors, enumerator errors, transcription errors, illegibility issues, or deterioration of original pages.
      Errors may occur in name spelling, age, birth place, even sex!
      Location: Enter state, town if known; county not necessary.
      Ancestry will find town/city w/in a state, even if your entry is misspelled or obsolete; county name is not required.
      If an exact search fails:
      DON’T constrain your search too much by age
      DO Use WILDCARDS [for names]
    • Entering Information
      NAME box: search for first, last, or both names
      Any part of name can be incorrect or irregular in index
      MUCH of your search strategizing will be to compensate for name spelling issues
      BIRTH box: focuses but does not constrain results
      BUT If +/- is used, it will constrain results
      BIRTHPLACE: can focus results, doesn’t constrain
      LOCATION: state and city/town: county not nec.
      Ancestry compensates for small deviances in your input of location; within a state, it will find a location even if a misspelled, unofficial, or informal designation for the place is entered
    • Typical Search: Less can be more
      Do use
      constrain search too much by age
    • Typical* Results: *every search is different!
      Search Results order
      Found full name in
      specified location
      Found full name elsewhere in state
      Found similar names in specified location
      Found last name elsewhere in state
      (Search rules appear to vary according to name, census year, and other parameters)
    • Evaluating Results: Hover over “View Record” on left to see preview
      Hover cursor
      Decide whether to look at image
    • Get all the info on your target: Examine the image
      Click on the image icon on the right
    • What’s On Ancestry’s image page
      Ancestry header: Always the same
      Census page
      header: Different every census year
    • What’s on Ancestry’s Image Page Header
      Ancestry organizes the images by its own system, not by the National
      Archives (NARA) system: This “image number” is relevant only within Ancestry
      Details of location
      Back to Preview page
      Move to prev or next page
      Change image size for readability
    • Census Sheet Header Example: 1880
      Name of census taker
      Page No.
      By Enumerator
      Census-specific location
      Town, County, State
      Stamped Ledger Page No.
      + Letter (added later)
      Date of census visit
      Either A & B or A & B, C & D ~
      As in
      264 A; B [264];
      265 C; D [265]
      (No stamped number on page?
      Look at the page before.)
    • Census Sheet Header Example: 1900
      Each census year has a somewhat different header.
      State & County
      “Incorporated” city or town name
      Stamped No. + Letter
      Date of visit
      Name of enumerator
      “Sheet No.”
      written in by enumerator
      In Ancestry, when city = county, the “town” is the ward number:
      “Wd. 33”– Not necessary to know the ward unless browsing
      Census specific location details:
      Enumeration District (E.D.)
    • Examine and interpret all the data for the family and nearbyfamilies
      Looking for
      Simon Ennis family in Sullivan County NY - 1880
    • Examine Results
      Simon Ennis found . . . . last household on page . . . So look at the nextpage too!
    • . . . Next page . . .
      More Ennis family members!
    • “Every-census”Imagedetails (shown on 1880 form)
      Line number
      After 1880:
      Street Name
      & house no.
      Relationship to Head of Household
      “Tick” means “yes”
      Dwelling no.
      “Ditto” sign
      Blanks mean “No”
      Family no.
    • Save the image to your laptop or flash drive!
      Don’t use “save” Use PRINT
      (Printer icon)
    • Finish Saving (U.D. computers)
      Click on “Pdf995”
      Give the document a name you will recognize:
      Such as Surname + Census Yr + Location,
      for example: Mackey1870Pok
      Choose your flash drive from “My Computer”
    • What’s On Ancestry’s Preview Page
      Not much more info than on pop-up preview
      Source citation components (Does not point to specific person or family)
      Source information
      Detailed description of the census year database