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  • Census 1891 for Norway

    Oct 17

    Any ancestors from Norway and especially if any relatives lived in Norway in 1891 -- you are in luck. The official census for Norway in 1891 is now available online with the National Archives of Norway. With over 2.5 million entries, covering 559 towns, villages and cities, it is a very complete digital collection. There are two different ways ...

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  • Tips on Census Searching

    Oct 12

      Doing research using the U. S. Federal Census is a major undertaking but can yield great information about your ancestors. The most important item to remember is that all information recorded on a census was provided by someone in a specific household. It may have been the wife, the husband, a father, an uncle, a second cousin, anyone a...

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  • U. S. Federal Censuses

    Oct 10

    Anyone who doing their family history has to go over every U. S. Federal Census record that their ancestors might have been recorded on. The official census taking started in 1790. These serve as historic records of a specific time and place with a person's name. Unfortunately, the first six decades (1790 to 1840) it was just the head of the hous...

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  • 1890 Census – Survivors

    Oct 9

      The U. S. Federal Census has been done every ten years at the beginning of each new decade. That was true for the June 1890 census. Only years later, in 1921 there was a massive fire in the building housing that 1890 census and most of the paper documents were destroyed - this long before digital copies became available. So how will you ev...

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  • United Kingdom Censuses

    Sep 27

    The United Kingdom started their census taking in 1841 and it was done every ten years. Available online with the site 'FreeCen.org' are the censuses records in the U.K. for all its counties covering 1841 to 1891. By searching using either a full name or just a surname and especially in a specific county, you should be able to view the informati...

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  • MooseRoots

    Aug 17

    It is always interesting to explore a different database, see what it might contain that you have not found to date. Even if there are records you have looked at, if doesn't hurt to re-examine those same census records, death certificates, military records - just in case you overlooked something. The new online site 'MooseRoots' (a genealogical se...

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  • Other Methods to Find Someone in the Census

    Jul 9

    Oh, it happens so many times, you can't find an ancestor in a specific federal census. They were still living, so why can't you find them? You do have to think outside the 'box' to find some relatives. First check census records for that ancestor before and after a specific census date. Find them in 1860, then in 1880 if you are looking for them...

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  • Human Error and your Family Tree

    Jul 5

      You quickly find there is alot of room for 'human error' when working on your family tree. First are the primary and then secondary resources you use. Census records, birth, marriage and death records are all important and considered primary sources. However, they were still created by a person -- so human error can be involved. I have neve...

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  • Free Indexes on Ancestry.com

    Jun 29

    The Ancestry.com site (a subscription fee source) is a super collection of databases and records which can really benefit all family history researchers. However, many of their online databases through Ancestry.com are FREE and available for anyone to use even if you have no paid subscription. The list (scroll down) of available databases is tr...

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  • Unlikely Occupations in the 21st Century

    Jun 25

    It can be fascinating to look back and attempt to see what occupations our ancestors performed. In the various census records you do see 'laborer' quite frequently -- which could be a variety of jobs. Another common listing is a farm worker since most people in the 18th and 19th centuries and earlier lived on a farm. However, even into the early 2...

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