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  • Between 1880 and 1900 Federal Censuses

    May 1

    Only a few states took part in 1885 in the semi-decennial census suggested by the Federal government in 1879. It was for most states and territories to do their own state census, but unfortunately ... they did not. They would not realize how important the 1885 state census would be in the future. With the fire nearly destroying the 1890 Federal Cen...

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  • 1840 – Military Pensioners

    Mar 3

    The US Federal June 1840 Census was 177 years ago but still can reveal was previous unknown family information. Besides the regular census with just the name of the head of household listed the census takers ago recorded any individual receiving Revolutionary War and other service pensions by their full name and age. The lists also named the head-o...

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  • A Little Productive Time Pays Dividends

    Dec 31

    For the new year here are ideas to increase your knowledge of your ancestors. How about setting aside a short period of time once a week, every other weekend or even once a month to do some research on your family tree? Here are a few approaches: Create a 'To-Do List' - start with just a few of the resources (census, state archives, military reco...

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  • Chart to Figure Birth Years

    Oct 11

    The early United States Censuses (1790-1840) did not place a person's age, rather an age range. So it can be difficult to figure approximately year when a person was born. The Colonial Roots online site has done up a chart to assist you to figure those birth years. It breaks down what age range each census had. The one with the least was the first...

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  • Beyond Population Censuses

    Jul 9

    Researchers may only be thinking in terms of US Federal Censuses showing populations, our ancestors in a location, a household, their age, place of birth, occupations etc., every ten years. Well, the Federal Government has collected information on other topics. At the National Archives site is the full listing of other sources. For example, there ...

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  • Go Beyond What is Official

    Jul 5

    Working for years on research for a family branch, the Groff family of Frederick, Maryland, I had reviewed numerous times all the US Federal Census records for the Groff family. One was a special puzzle for me in the 1880 census. Here listed, besides the children of Joseph and Susan Groff, was what appeared the name 'Nicholas H. Groff' in the house...

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  • No More — Occupations of 19th Century Ancestors

    Jun 21

    It can be fascinating to research especially using census records, obituaries, and city directories, the occupations of our ancestors. As you do the one ancestors working during the 1800s (19th century) it can actually be a challenge figuring out what type of job they were doing. There were regular necessary occupations that are no longer done by a...

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  • Read between the Census Lines

    Jun 20

    The use of US Federal and state census records are invaluable for anyone doing family history research. Unfortunately, you might not be looking at all the details and information each census record offers. Starting with the left side look at and record any information and number relating to where the family house is located. Not every year had th...

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  • Often Overlooked Clues

    Apr 23

    Experience in doing family history research is a great asset. Even the most seasoned researcher can overlook certain clues that can prove to be of great assistance. Here are a few of such often overlooked bits of information that lead to greater details about your family. You have a death certificate on an ancestor, but note the person's name on ...

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  • Tricks to Locating Maiden Names

    Mar 11

      All the females on your family tree have a maiden name (their birth surname). For those who married and took their husband's name, it can be a challenge to learn that maiden name. Once you do know the maiden name, it becomes much easier to locate additional information on that female ancestor. So some places to assist in your quest to find...

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