• 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 ...


  • 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...