Genealogy: Census Records—There is more than population schedules

Census Records—There is more than population schedulesBy Barry J. Ewell

Be aware that in addition to population schedules, there were other schedules taken usually at the same time. There are resources online and in print that provide more detail on these schedules and how to use them in genealogy research. These other schedules include the following:

  • Mortality Schedule: conducted from 1850 to 1885, provides information about persons who died during the twelve months prior to the census. Continue reading

Genealogy: 1860 U.S. federal census tutorial

1860 mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1860 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 1860 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1860 U.S. federal census
  • Search the 1860 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1860 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1860 census

1860 resources
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

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Genealogy: 1850 U.S. federal census tutorial

1850 MastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1850 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 1850 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1850 U.S. federal census
  • Search the 1850 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1850 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1850 census

1850 resources
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

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18701880189019001910192019301940

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 Immigration/Migration: Using Federal Census records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using Federal Census records in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Federal census records provide the building blocks of your research, allowing you to both confirm information and learn more. The following is an outline of the type of information Continue reading

Genealogy: 1890 U.S. federal census tutorial

1890 masheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1890 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 1890 U.S. federal census
  • Search the census substitutes
  • Search the 1890 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1890 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1890 census

1890 resourcesClick on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

17901800181018201830184018501860
18701880189019001910192019301940

Continue reading

Genealogy: Using the census to calculate the birth year of your ancestor

Census BirthBy Barry J. Ewell
As you track your ancestor through the U.S. Federal Population Censuses, I have often used the age to help  me

  • Identify individual members of the family
  • Provide clues to confirm I have the right person/family unit as you search each census
  • Provide clues as to relationship in the family
  • Provide clues if I have the right female when surnames change through marriage
  • Provide clues when people use nicknames and other name variations from one census to the next

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