Every Family has a Story to Tell

Did you know that most people’s family trees date back only two or three generations? If they were able to go back further, they would find an incredible amount of diversity. People would find people from all over the world, and not just those that look like them.

Documenting your Ancestors’ Lives as a Genealogical Detective

Keep in mind that people are an integral part of any genealogical research. They are the ones who provide the clues to you, the family genealogical detective.

It is worth remembering that family stories can be a great source of information for your research. You do not need to be an expert in conducting interviews, but taking notes and recording their stories can provide insight into their lives and backgrounds. Remembering this will allow you to learn more about the individual and their history.

One way to get started with your research is by talking with other members of your family and asking them about their pasts. You can start this process by checking family archives and journals, then asking your relatives about their memories.

Some Steps to Take in Researching Your Families’ History

The first step is to take inventory of all the information you have gathered. This can be done by creating a family tree, arranging your notes in chronological order, or simply making a list of everything you know about each family member.

Next, it is important to start asking questions about what you have found out. Most people think that the research process should end with documentation but once you are done documenting your findings it’s time to start asking “why?”

Some other steps to take after the research is done:

Collect and store all of the information on a spreadsheet, digital file, or in family tree filing system. Keeping track of all the necessary data for everyone in your family can be an overwhelming task. There are many resources to help you collect, organize, and store all of this information so you can easily access it whenever you need it.

Plan your family reunion to get more stories and information. Imagine a family gathering where everyone brings a dish or some other item to share and a story about their mom, dad, sister, brother, grandpa or grandma. The stories will be different and everyone will get a chance to tell them.

“Look what I found in grandpa’s desk! I remember when he used to play the violin on a Saturday Night and smoke his old pipe.”

Consider researching your genealogy and family tree in the future to expand on your sources and documents. It’s no secret that genealogy has gotten easier in the digital age. Websites like Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com and familysearch.org allow for people to explore their family tree with relative ease. But what if you wanted to do more than just explore? What if you wanted to create a tree of your own? Creating a family tree is crucial for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons for creating a family tree is to help you know which relatives that may have a genetic illness that can be passed down in the tree.

Be The Detective And Uncover Your Ancestors’ Lives

Genealogists can use ancestry.com to find their relatives, but what if there are no records?

What if it is because the ancestor was an orphan or one of the first settlers in a territory?

A genealogical detective can be hired to uncover their past.

Are you ready to tackle your family’s story? Take the plunge and unravel the mysteries of your past.

8 Reasons (and more…) Why Your Genealogy Research Needs Census Records

Introduction: What is a Census?

A census is a survey of a population, usually the whole population. This includes questions about age, occupation, household relationships, income and more.

Census records can provide a lot of information about your ancestors and their place of origin. It is the best source for information such as:

What was the occupation of your ancestor?

What were his/her living conditions?

How many children did they have and what was their gender?

Where did they live in relation to other family members?

How many years did they live in the same country, state, county, city etc.?

These are just a few questions that can be answered by census records and in my opinion is the best resource for building a family tree and making connections with distant relatives.

The most common type of census is the decennial census. This is conducted every 10 years and it helps to collect information about the entire population.

The United States Census Bureau has a number of different kinds of censuses to help collect information about the population living in the U.S. There are three types of census’s, the decennial census, a population survey and a sample survey.

There are two types of census’s in Canada: the National Census and the Regional Census. The National Census is conducted every five years by Statistics Canada to provide information about population, dwelling, language, etc. It is mandatory for all Canadians to participate in this census. The regional census is made up of smaller surveys that are done annually or biannually. The National Census is an extremely detailed survey that lasts for 10 days. However, these surveys can be completed in about 30 minutes. These smaller surveys are less detailed than the National Census but provide valuable information to the government.

A census record can provide a lot of information about your ancestors and their place of origin. It is the best source for building a family tree and making any connections to distant relatives.
Which Census Records are the Most Useful for Genealogists?

The most useful census records for genealogists in Canada are those taken by the British and British North American governments.

A census is a count and description of the population, usually of a country. They are conducted by a national census agency and typically happen every 10 years.

The most useful census records for genealogists vary depending on what you are looking for. For example, if you want to find your family members who were born overseas you would be better off using the Immigration Records. If you want to find out about your ancestors who were living in Australia at the time of Federation (1901) then it would be more helpful to use the Australian Census 1901-1921.

Ancestry.co.uk is the site that has the most complete census records for the UK, Canada, and Australia. The 1871 census records are one of the best starting points for any family historian because they are indexable and searchable online at Ancestry.co.uk for free.

There are five different types of records that you could find at Ancestry: birth, marriage, death, census, and wills. Some of these records will be more relevant than others depending on what you’re looking for in your family tree research journey.

In the US, the 1900 Census is one of the most popular records for genealogists. It was the first census to include questions such as place of birth, occupation, and marital status. The 1910 Census includes family relationships and age while the 1920 Census has a question about citizenship status.

It can be difficult to find out which records are best for each individual case. For example, if you want to search for a specific person and know their date of birth and last name, then the 1940 Census is your best bet. But if all you know is that they were born in America in 1912 then it would be better to use the 1900 Census because there was no 1940 census in that year.

Reading a Census Record?

Census records are a valuable resource when researching genealogies. They provide personal information of all the people living in a specific area at one point in time.

Depending on the country, the census is taken every 10 years, and in some cases every 5 years. A census is an official count of the population.

The following are some tips for reading census records:

1) When reading the entries, it is important to check for missing columns or rows. In many cases, not all columns/rows will be complete due to different reasons. The most common reason for this would be because the person was too young or too old to answer certain questions.

2) Columns with a “0” should also be considered when scanning through a record. If the column is not important for the topic, it should be left blank or have a “0” value. This is to keep the data organized and easy to read.

Why Should I Be Looking for Census Records In My Genealogy Research?

We should start with the census records because they give us the most accurate family data. They include our family members, their ages, birthplaces, occupations and other information that is often hard to find in other records.

The oldest federal census was conducted in 1790 and at that time there were only 6 states in the union. The next census was carried out in 1800 with 2 more states added to make a total of 8 states. The 1810 census was the first one to count all of the states except Vermont which refused to take part due to its small population size.

Census records are also good for finding where your ancestors lived because they list every person’s home county or state when it was recorded by officials at that time.

8 Fantastic Reasons to Use a Genealogical Census System in Your Family History Search!

In this section, we will read about eight reasons and advantages of using a census in your genealogy research.

  1. A census is a document that records the population and demographic information of a specific region. It is a list of all the people who live in one specific place at a given moment in time.
  2. Censuses are important for genealogists because they can provide vital information about ancestors, such as where they lived and what family members they had.
  3. Census records can also provide the last known date of an ancestor’s birth, marriage, death or immigration. In addition to that, censuses can be used to estimate an ancestor’s birthplace and occupation.
  4. A genealogical census system is a great way to organize and manage your research. It not only simplifies the process of finding and organizing information, but it also can make your research more worthwhile!
  5. Census systems typically work like this: you assign every family member (or important ancestor) a unique identifier. You then save all of their records in one file, which makes it easy for you to find them later on if you need to do more research on that particular ancestor or family member.
  6. Census systems can be as elaborate as you want them to be! Some people create detailed census sheets that include physical descriptions of each family member, occupations, birth dates and death dates, marriages and divorces – anything else they might want to know about their ancestors.
  7. Census sheets are a wonderful way to document the history of a family. They can be compiled for any group or organization and contain an extensive list of details about its members. Collections of this information have been used in the past to help people find their family members, research their genealogy, and discover more about their heritage.
  8. Ancestry.com’s new family tree feature, launched in 2016, allows individuals to add occupations, birth dates and death dates, marriages and divorces – anything else they might want to know about their ancestors. Others simply use it as a quick resource to quickly find the names of the parents or children of a person they’re researching.

Ancestry is a website where you can use census records to research your genealogical and family tree online. Ancestry lets you enter a name and find out family relations, immigration, military records, photos, and more.

How to Find the Year of Birth on a US Census Record?

The Census Bureau created the American Community Survey in 1997 to replace the census long form. The survey is an ongoing survey of about 280,000 households each month, so there may be a delay in reporting birth dates which are for babies born since the last update.

Disclaimer: The following information is provided as a courtesy and not as an official judgement from the US Census Bureau.

Value of Census Records

Census records are a valuable resource for genealogists. They provide information on where your ancestors were living, the occupations they held, their relationship to other family members and who their neighbors were. The census can also provide clues for finding land or property records that might not otherwise be accessible.

Conclusion: The Importance of the Census in Our Family History Search

The census is one of the most important and accessible sources for genealogy research. Census records provide a wealth of detailed information about our ancestors: their names, ages, birthplace, occupation, and residence.

Census records can be accessed through both online databases and on microfilm at your local library. In the US, the National Archives has digitized over 33 million pages of census records with more than 2.5 million images available for viewing on their website.

The census records are easily accessible for researchers because it is available online, searchable by county, state, year and township. The census records are the most useful tool in tracing back your family lineage.

Places To Search for Census Records

To help you along in your ancestral research here are some links to help you in your research for the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.

In the US – https://www.archives.gov/research/census and https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/u-s-census-records

In Canada – https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/census.aspx and https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Canada_Census

In the UK – https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/census-records/ and https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Census

In Australia – https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Australia_Census

Note: To assist you in your research below are more valuable links for census’s.

Canada Census Records Explained! on the Genealogy Guide website is an easy detailed and an excellent article to read.

In the U.S., About Census Records at the National Archives

Canada, Censuses at the Library and Archives Canada and download the PDF Tracing Your Ancestors. In Canada from the Collections Canada website.

In Australia, a good place to start searching for Census Records is from Public Records and the NSW Government – State Archives and Records

If you are a member of Ancestry, a good place to start is the ‘Census and Voter Lists’. Other places for censuses with paid & free to do some genealogical research are:

This blog is also available on discovering-your-past.blogspot.com

Using Genealogy Research Sheets To Help You Track Your Family History

What is a Genealogy Research Sheet?

A Genealogy Research Sheet is a genealogical research tool that helps to organize and document the information gathered during a genealogical search.

Using the Genealogy Research Sheet, researchers can create an organized and detailed checklist of all the information they have found. The sheet should include all possible sources for this information such as census records, vital records, oral history interviews, and any other items that were found during research.

The sheet’s columns are typically labelled as “Name”, “Date”, “Location” or “Source”. These columns can then be filled with important details such as birth date, death date, marriage date, etc.

How to Make a Genealogy Research Sheet For Your Family Tree & Individual Records

A genealogy research sheet is a compact tool for organizing your family tree research. It can be used to generate lists of records for each person in your family tree. By doing so, you will be able to easily find the information you need without having to search through piles of files or memories with dates and details all jumbled together.

A genealogy research sheet can be done by hand or on a computer using an Excel spreadsheet. It’s not complicated, but it does require some effort at the beginning if you want the finished product to help you efficiently with your genealogy research.

What to Put on a Genealogy Research Sheet and How It Will Help You Find Your Family’s History

A research sheet is where genealogists put important information about the family they are researching.

An example of a family tree research sheet:

In this section, I am going to be talking about what to put on a genealogy research sheet and how it can help you find your family history. A research sheet is a document where genealogists put important information about the family they are researching.

A typical genealogy research sheet (such as a ‘Family Record Sheet’ Link to last blog post) includes things like parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren. It also includes birth dates and birthplaces as well as any marriages or divorces that have happened so far. The most important thing on this form is birth dates and birthplaces as those will be the easiest way for you to find out who your ancestors

Different Types of Genealogy Research Sheets And Which One Is Best for You?

As genealogy research becomes increasingly popular, the availability of genealogy research sheets has grown.

It is difficult to say what is the best genealogy research sheet out there because it largely depends on the user’s needs. However, they can be categorized into three categories:

1. Clean and Simple Genealogy Research Sheets: Finding information about your family history can be a long and tedious process. With the right tools, it is possible to simplify these tasks. Genealogy research sheets are a great way to organize and store your family tree records in one place. They are usually simple and straightforward but provide a great overview of your family’s records.

2. Advanced Genealogy Research Sheets: These genealogy sheets offer a lot more information than clean and simple ones and require more time for reading due to their complexity level.

3. Family Tree Software: Genealogy software is probably the most expensive but also the most powerful as it merges all of your family records into one place. It can be used for many functions, but one of the most popular is for genealogy research. Many different types of software are available, ranging in price from free to hundreds of dollars.

Keep your records in an orderly and methodical manner.

Enjoy ‘Discovering Your Past‘ and learning about Genealogy.