• 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 ...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 ...


  • 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...


  • Other 1890s Census Records

    Feb 13

      A major gap in the U.S. Federal Census exists with most of the 1890 Census destroyed in a 1921 fire. You can trace your ancestors from 1880 to 1900, but that leaves 20 years unaccounted for. Here are a few ideas to help bridge the gap in your research. First, if you have already researched and know some family branches did not arrive in Am...


  • FamilyTree.com Toolkit – Census

    Feb 2

    A census can tell you a lot of things about your ancestors. You can learn the names of all the family members who lived in a household, their ages at the time, their state or country of birth, and their parent's birthplaces. In addition, a census can tell you the year your ancestor immigrated, their street address, their marriage status, occu...


  • State Censuses – Often Overlooked

    Nov 12

      Often overlooked when doing family history research are the individual state censuses. The U. S. Federal censuses started in 1790 and were done every 10 years. The individual states would do their own census within their borders, sometimes five years after a federal census. Other times it was quite random when one was completed. The type ...


  • Finding Working Ancestors

    Oct 19

      [caption id="attachment_13218" align="alignleft" width="300"] Charity ward Guys Hospital[/caption] One of the most important aspects about your ancestors that you really need to locate and verify are the jobs, businesses or occupation they had in their lives. Typically, for most relatives it was the same type of job they had their whole ...