• US Federal Mortality Census 1850

    Jan 9

    Do you think you had an ancestor who died between June 1849 and May 1850 and don't have much in any details? Well, using the FamilySearch.org site, it has the U. S. Federal Mortality Census (Schedule) for 1850. This year of 1850 was the first time such an special census was conducted. It was done with the regular Federal Census for population in 1...


  • Check Out That Household Boarder

    Oct 12

    Often overlooked while researching the U. S. Census or State Census records is the fact that other people, not related can lived in a family home. It was very common practice for a family to take in boarders, an individual who rented a room in the house on a weekly or monthly basis. Besides the lodging many times a meal or two were also part of th...


  • Mexico’s 1930 Census

    Sep 20

    With all the attention about the 1940 U. S. Census returns that are now available, another census that many people will be interesting in checking is that of the nation of Mexico for 1930. The United States and Mexico are neighbors and many individuals will have ancestors who came from Mexico after 1930 or relatives from Canada or U. S. living in...


  • Missed Someone in the US 1940 Census?

    Sep 17

    If you have a large database of ancestors, you can easily overlook a relative who might appear in the 1940 census. Since there is so much information on this newest census, you will want to check for every person. I found a second cousin I did not have on a list. It turns out he was a young man of 18 years old living with an aunt and uncle lear...


  • Time Machine Yourself to 1940

    Sep 1

    With the available use of all the U. S. Census records on Ancestry.com from Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, 2012, this is a wonderful opportunity to have a little fun with a very special 'time machine' that Ancestry.com has made available for anyone to use. Just by following their simple directions, it can transform you back in time to what a typical day ...


  • Check Out the Siblings

    Jul 16

    There you are looking for a great grandfather, born about 1858 in Pennsylvania, of which you have traced to the 1860 U. S. Census, then the 1870 census, but now you can’t find him beyond that date. Did he as a young man in the 1870s move to another location, serve in the U. S. military, or even end up in jail? This is your immediate ‘Brick Wall...


  • Free Indexed 1940 US Census – New States Added

    Jun 11

    As of June 8, 2012 several organizations have worked solid since April 2nd to get indexed the states in the recently released 1940 US Census. There are now 18 states available so you can locate an ancestor by their name. The massive effort by volunteers to index, get in digital searchable format the necessary information and then proof it has been ...


  • Helpful Forms and Sheets

    May 3

    Organization is so important when doing your family history.  Remember you are recording and looking up about two major family branches -- your mother’s and your father’s side.  Each of those branches had two more branches, your grandparents, so now you have four major branches. If you don’t use some helpful forms and organizational sheets ...


  • Finding Enumeration District for the 1940 Census

    Apr 27

    Now that you have spent some time scanning the sheets of numerous ancestors in their 1940 hometown, you may have a few who lived in a larger town or city.  That creates just too many pages of census records to cover. So using the Steve Morse ‘One-Step Enumeration District’ finder online can assist you to narrow down that search.  Of course o...


  • What Were They Doing in 1940?

    Apr 8

    With all the excitement over the last couple of week with the release on April 2nd of the 1940 U. S. Federal Census, this is such a perfect time to investigate about those ancestors who lived in 1940 and were counted in that census.  Of special interest would be the ones that were young adults or older. A good starting point is with photographs...