• UK Census 1931 and 1941

    Jul 5

    Many researchers may well have ancestors who lived in some part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) in 1931 or 1941. If that ancestor was there in 1921, there will be the full official UK census for that year coming out in 2022. But not so for the 1931 UK census. On the night of Saturday December 19, 19...


  • Common Error on a Census

    May 29

    It may not have occurred to you, but you really need to examine each person listed in a household on a US Federal Census. You just might be overlooking a relative. Many census takers placed next to the name of an individual 'boarder' or 'lodger' or 'roomer' when in fact that person was a relative of someone in the household. They might ...


  • The 1921 Census of England and Wales will be Digitized

    Apr 2

    Genealogists who enjoy looking at census data, that might contain valuable information about their ancestors, have another census to look forward to. The 1921 Census of England and Wales will be digitized. "In the most anticipated family history development since the online publication of the 1939 Register, Findmypast has been selected as Th...


  • 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 ...