• Keeping Up with the Latest in Ancestry.com

    Feb 15

    Many family researchers use the numerous databases supplied by Ancestry.com. They can be accessed through public libraries or genealogical societies with a subscription or by personal individual subscriptions for home use. Ancestry.com does continue to add new and expanded databases on many different topics. For the new year 2019, some databases a...


  • Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Blocked By Judge

    Feb 7

    The stated goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. A judge has ordered that a controversial question be removed from the 2020 Census. The controversial question asked, β€œIs this person a citizen of the United States?” Steve Murdock is a Rice University sociologist and demographer and Census Bureau...


  • 1790 US Census

    Jan 17

    You just might have an ancestor who was recorded on the very first United States Federal Census done. It was made a Federal government law that the first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President George Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended. The law was signed March 1, 1790. Congress as...


  • The Census Can Contain Incorrect Information

    Oct 23

    Census records can be very useful for genealogists. It should not be the only source of information that genealogists rely on, because census records can contain incorrect information. There are many reasons why that happens. Spelling Mistakes Genealogists might assume that their ancestors spelled the family surname exactly as it is spelled tod...


  • Two Hundred and Twenty-Eight Years

    Aug 31

    With August 2018 it has been 228 years since the first U. S. Census was taken in August 1790. Doing any type of family history research you are very dependent on using any census. If your ancestors date back before 1790 that is many censuses to cover to bring your family to mid-20th century. But why that first census? As written in the U. S. Cons...


  • Ancestor NOT on a Census – Why?

    Apr 9

    We all have at least one ancestor who we believe was alive but we can not find them on a specific census year record. There can be reasons a relative was not counted on a certain census year. Here are a few of the ideas. Many people were out of town and missed the count – especially traveling for work, such as salesmen or workers for a railroa...


  • The Controversial Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

    Apr 4

    The United States Census holds important information that genealogists can use to learn more about their ancestors. Over the years, the questions on the census have changed. Things were added, altered, or updated. In March of 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the 2020 census would have a citizenship question. Some feel that this ...


  • Can’t Miss These Hints

    Feb 13

    Even the most seasoned family 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. 1. You have a death certificate on an ancestor, but note at the bottom the person's name on the document who provided the info...


  • Questions on the U.S. Census

    Jan 9

    The United States Census includes plenty of questions. Have you ever wondered why certain questions are asked? The United States Census Bureau has some information about that. Name The U.S. Census asks for a person's last name, first name, and middle initial. The name question originated with the 1790 Census. It was added to the ACS in 2005 w...


  • New Jersey State Census 1895

    Dec 9

    Any relatives from New Jersey? Be sure to investigate what is available with FamilySearch for the State Census done in 1895 for New Jersey. There are over 31,000 images in the collection. There is a complete index of information from the census pages plus a scanned image of the actual census as it was originally handwritten. This 1895 census cover...