Tag: U.S. Census Research

Were Your Ancestors in the Poor House Here's How to Find Out

Back before the days of welfare, food stamps, and long-term disability insurance, people who were unable to support themselves financially sometimes had to live in these places. This article will explain what poor houses and poor farms were and how to find your ancestors who may have lived there.

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This Curious 1880 Census Recorded Idiots, the Insane, the Sick and the Poor

If you are one of the millions of people who have an ancestor that lived in the Unites States in 1880 and had a physical or mental impairment or illness - or who was homeless, an orphan, an alcoholic, a prisoner, who was living in an institution or poor house, or who received government assistance - you'll want to know about these often overlooked census schedules.

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Mysterious Circled Xs, Cryptic Codes and Other Confusing Info in the Census Explained, 1920 Census Taker

The U.S. Federal Census is, arguably, one of the best record collections in existence when it comes to gathering information about your American ancestors. The standard information - including family relationships, occupations, ages, years of immigration etc- can be extremely valuable to a family historian. Most of this information is very easy to find, as long as you can locate your ancestors in a particular year. But, there are some pieces of information in the census that aren't easy ...

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Most genealogists use federal census records on a regular basis. Few resources are, after all, as packed full of information and as easy to access as a census. And, while we all know that the details found in a census can often be incorrect, this helpful record collection has become a family history staple for good reason. No other resource recorded details about our ancestor's lives in such a frequent and predictable way and, often times, the federal census may seem ...

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Census Enumerator -- A Quick Guide to US Census Records for Genealogy

U.S. Census records offer a unique look into the past and a chance to discover valuable details about your family's history. Our quick guide for genealogy is designed to help beginner and intermediate family history researchers alike by addressing basic questions about using the census for genealogy research and providing detailed summaries of the information found in each census year.

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The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885 Can Be Found Online for Free

Census and population records have long been a vital component of genealogy research. Those of us researching the U.S. have come to count on the decennial federal census to provide a generous amount of information about our ancestors, even if it is not always as accurate as we'd like. And (aside from the 1890 census that was destroyed in an unfortunate and somewhat mysterious series of events) these records are easily accessible online and widely used. But there is federal ...

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This Information Will Make You Question Every Census Record You've Ever Collected

We all know that we need to be careful when reading, using and recording information we find in the census. Whether it's the US federal census, a state or local census, or a population register for another country -- these records are notoriously inaccurate. Ages, name spellings, locations of birth, occupations -- everything needs to be questioned and sourced. However, because of their predictability and wide coverage, census records remain an invaluable tool for family historians. And ...

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Many family historians are fully aware of the fact that the 1890 census, which contained more than 60 million individuals, was destroyed in the early 20th century and is therefore not available for genealogical research. The lack of this valuable resource, one from such an important time in America's history, has left a huge gap for many of us. Despite the common belief that these precious records were simply destroyed by fire in 1921 the actual story ...

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