Research into one’s family history or genealogy is first of all fun and adventuresome. But it is also hard work. Let me discuss how the hard work can be made much easier than one might imagine. Do you remember how Tom Sawyer got his fence painted much faster than his Aunt Polly thought he could? [...]
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This is a rant, but I assure you not a political rant. It is a rant on wasted effort and money. All genealogists rely heavily on Census records. The Census is federally mandated every ten years. Its data may not be released to the public for 70 years after that. Thus, the 1940 Census should [...]
An earlier posting suggested the Public Broadcasting System(PBS) series Who Do You Think You Are as a worthwhile dive into genealogy as seen through the eyes of famous people in entertainment, such as Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Yo Ma Ma and Eva Longoria Parker. I am coming back to this now having seen several [...]
Gary Minder of Poulsbo, WA has created and offers for free incredibly useful spreadsheets for some of the most important genealogical data we will find in our research. He requests a small donation, but the utility far exceeds any cost. His work can be found at http://www.censustools.com/ Gary says: Ever try entering extracted census data [...]
Who Do You Think You Are? begins Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8/7 Central on NBC. Share a heartwarming journey through family history with Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee as they discover the stories of their ancestors. Who Do You Think You Are? also [...]
As one’s research approaches those ancestors living in the 17, 18 and 19th centuries, one faces monetary numbers no longer in use in the United States. In order to create a reasonable description of the lives and times of those ancestors it is often useful to describe their wealth or lack thereof, to envisage what [...]
One can better establish birth dates by knowing when the Census was actually taken. That date is nearly impossible to determine because it is generally not recorded. But one can get closer to the actual birth date by knowing the instructions given to the Enumerators. U.S. Census enumerators were instructed to take down the names [...]