Genealogy: 150 questions to ask family members about their lives

Genealogy 150 questions to ask family members about their livesBy Barry J. Ewell

Well-crafted, open-ended questions can yield fruitful results when you interview family for purposes of family history. The following is an outline of questions you may want to consider. Take time to tailor the questions to the person you are interviewing.

When you are ready to conduct an interview, have the questions in front of you to make sure you are getting the information you desire. Conversations about family can go many directions. When possible, record the interview on audio or video.

  1. What is your full name and why were you named that? (Maiden name for females)
  2. Were you named after someone else?
  3. Did you have a nickname as you were growing up?
  4. If you did, what was it and why did they call you that?
  5. Have you had any other nicknames as an adult? Continue reading

Genealogy: 1900 U.S. federal census tutorial

1900 masteheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1900 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1900 U.S. federal census
  •  How to effectively use the 1900 U.S. federal census
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1900 U.S. federal census
  •  Questions asked on the 1900 census

1900 resources
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

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Genealogy: 1880 U.S. Federal census tutorial

1880 mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1880 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1880 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1880 U.S. federal census
  • Search the 1880 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1880 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1880 census

1880 Resource
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

17901800181018201830184018501860
18701880189019001910192019301940

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Genealogy: 1920 U.S. federal census tutorial

 

1920 masthead 2By Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1920 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1920 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1920 U.S. federal census
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1920 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1920 census

1920 resources
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

17901800181018201830184018501860
18701880189019001910192019301940

Continue reading

Genealogy: 1940 U.S. federal census tutorial

1940 Census mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1940 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1940 U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1940 U.S. federal census
  • Expand census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • Using the 1940 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1940 census

1940 sub-1790-1940 U.S federal census resources1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

lick on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

17901800181018201830184018501860
18701880189019001910192019301940

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Genealogy: 1930 U.S. federal census tutorial

1930 MastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1930 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1930 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1930 U.S. federal census
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1930 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1930 census

1930 resourcesClick on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial

17901800181018201830184018501860
18701880189019001910192019301940

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Google Genealogy: Six Steps to Searching Luxembourg / Luxembourger Ancestry Online

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

This article is designed to get you started with your genealogy and family history research for Luxembourg / Luxembourger ancestry. Sample Google search queries are suggested for your use to help you research and learn about your ancestors.

Finding country of origin resources
Where do you find country of origin genealogy resources on the Internet? It is a seemingly simple question with a complex answer. You will find records in many places such as large databases to very small family related websites and blogs. Records for each generation are going to be different. The records that were created and available on the web for a specific place in 1940 are going to be different than those created for 1880, 1840, or earlier. Remember also, that only a small amount of records have been digitized and are available online; but digitized records are growing at an ever increasing rate. I have researched for records one month without success and found them six months later with the same Google search queries. Why? The records were put online during that six months or I just didn’t find them the first time I searched. Continue reading