Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence

Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence

Every 10 years the US Federal Government gathers data to apportion the House of Representatives. You may not know that in the 1800s, they also gathered statistical information related to business and industries, communities, agriculture, mortality and assessment of the insane, physically handicapped and those individuals in prison. Some of these schedules will provide you with evidence, while others provide context interpretation of other pieces of evidence is bolstered and your family history enlivened. Using examples of each, learn how these schedules can help, why they were established and where they can be found.

Jill Morelli lectures and writes on genealogical topics that often transcend the more narrowly defined family history. She provides general genealogy services and house histories in the Puget Sound and national venues.

Making Those Early Census Records Talk

Making Those Early Census Records Talk

Federal census records are one set of the most widely used genealogical resources. Many researchers do not take full advantage of the information contained within their statistical framework. In fact, census records before 1850 are often ignored. These population schedules are especially helpful to genealogists because of their availability, genealogical value and data consistency. Although they require more analysis on our part, the pre-1850 census records can answer a large number of our genealogical questions and provide additional clues. Perhaps, the key to using these records is the development of an adequate plan of action on our part. The proper use of census records require consistent handling, analysis and documentation. Case studies will show how they may be used effectively.

J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years.

1810 US Census

Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 “Tic Marks”

It’s exciting when we are able to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond. Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help me? Are they throwing us into a dead end, or can they tell us more? This lecture provides a case study following an eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, has been involved in family history research since the days of her youth. A favorite snapshot is of her mother getting ready to transcribe in a cemetery just four days before Peggy was born. All four of Peggy’s grandparents were born in the 1880’s. She can recall their stories of epidemics, funeral customs, weddings, wars, the Depressions, and the joys and hardships of life. They, along with her parents, were born in the days of mules and buckboards, but lived to see men walk on the moon. Peggy and her husband, Kerry are Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, Ohio.

2023 FHS FSGS Conference

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