• 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 ...


  • 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 ...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...