Census on Ancestry Part I

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Census on Ancestry Part I

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

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