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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 1940 Census Day Has Arrived

    Apr 2

    The time has arrived, what every family history researcher has been waiting for -- the April 1940 U. S. Federal Census, available today at 9 a.m.  Of course that does not mean you can click on any database now to find your ancestors in 1940. View this short 3 minute video supplied by the National Census Archives, holders of the census, to bette...

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  • 1940 US Federal Census – 150th Anniversary of Census

    Mar 20

    It is approaching quickly, the April 2, 2012 release date for the 1940 Federal United States Census.  For each census in the United States that has been taken since 1790 there has been a mandatory 72-year waiting period before it was released to the general public.  This waiting period was to provide privacy, especially for the adults listed in e...

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  • No 1890 US Federal Census – Now What?

    Mar 6

    There was a U. S. Federal census taken across the country in 1890.  Unfortunately, in January 1921, most of the stored records for the 1890 census were severely damaged in a fire at the Commerce Department Building in Washington, D. C.  A few portions of a hand-full of Federal censuses representing a few states survived the fire. The census befor...

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  • Getting the Most from the U. S. 1880 Federal Census

    Oct 5

    The 1880 U.S. Federal Census, under U.S. President was Rutherford B. Hayes, was the tenth enumeration of the United States population and represented more than a 30% growth in the country compared to the 1870 census. Many of our ancestors came from Europe, Canada, South America or Asia during the 1860s and 1870s, so it is understandable the nation...

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  • Free Search of the Mortality Schedules Database

    Sep 30

    Besides the U. S. Federal Census records which are done every ten years starting in 1790, the United States also had included during certain years a mortality schedule to record those American individuals who had died the previous year. These additions were done during the 1850 through the 1880 Federal census years. When the census taker asked if a...

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  • Native American Ancestors

    May 16

    Any Native American Indian in your family tree? It seems everyone in genealogy wants to claim at least some Indian blood. That was not always the case in most of America’s history. It was something not spoken about if a grandfather had an Indian wife or an uncle lived with an Indian tribe. Sometimes looking at a few old photos can give a research...

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  • 1890 Census

    Oct 18

    Working with the U. S. Federal censuses from 1790 to 1930 are wonderful sources for learning about one’s ancestors. You are fortunate if you can locate and follow an ancestor over decades. It provides real insight of occupations, family members, where they lived, if they served in the military or owned property. The U. S. Federal census was ...

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