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

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Genealogy census tip: First and middle names

Name 3By Barry J. Ewell
You never know what first name your ancestor will be known by. Think of yourself, friends, and relatives.  Some go by birth name, nickname, middle name and/or their initial.  Be on the lookout for these variations with each census. Check out the article, “Search strategies for finding names in the census and other resources.” Continue reading

Genealogy: Use the census records to track your ancestors’ movement over time

10-15-2014 9-06-51 AMBy Barry J. Ewell

Use the census records to track your ancestors’ movement over time, find names and rough birth years, determine relationships, learn birthplaces, find clues to the previous generation (such as their birthplace), learn street addresses, learn whether ancestors were slaves or slave owners, learn occupations, learn other country of birth, learn of other children who likely died young, learn year of immigration or naturalization, note naming Continue reading

Genealogy: Detailed, exhaustive research will yield success in genealogy pursuits

10-15-2014 7-54-06 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

Genealogy is a skill requiring preparation and planning, detailed and exhaustive research, and careful correlation, analysis and reporting.

Preparation and planning
Develop a research plan based on analyzing and defining the research problem you seek to resolve. Preparation and planning requires that you place the problem in its legal and social context, identify related and associated individuals, and identify relevant resources, tools and methods, as well as the pros and cons in the use of those resources. Continue reading

Journey of a Genealogist #4: Aunt Katie has the list

 

 

By Barry J. Ewell

Episode 4, entitled It’s Time to Start Your Genealogy Research of the Series Journey of Genealogist where Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogists.

Following the passing of my step-father, Mel Wagner, I desired to learn more about his family and linage.  It took six months to locate a daughter from a previous marriage. She shared with me that she had hear that an “Aunt Katie” somewhere in Kansas had record of the family but she wasn’t sure how to locate her.

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Genealogy: 1820 U.S. federal census tutorial

1820 mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1820 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 1820 U.S. federal census
  • Clues and lessons learned from 1820 U.S. Federal census
  • Military service and bounty land applications
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1820 U.S. Federal census

1820 resources
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

17901800181018201830184018501860
18701880189019001910192019301940

Continue reading