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How to Cite a US Census (1900–1940) records Aug 13, 2020

Last week, we covered some of the items that are often overlooked in the 1940 US census. I hope you learned at least one new thing and took some time to go back and review at least one 1940 census to make sure you gleaned everything that this particular census has to offer.

This week I thought I’d keep it simple :)

But Julie, your title indicates that we’re diving in to citations…that’s not simple!

Don’t worry, I’ve got you!

Citations for censuses are...

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8 Often Overlooked Items in the 1940 US Census records Aug 07, 2020

Eight years ago, when the 1940 US census was released to the public, genealogists dove right in to find their relatives. For some, it was finding their parents enumerated for the first time! For others, it might have been finding themselves enumerated for the first time! Whatever the case, it was an exciting time.

But…in our haste, we may not have read all of the wonderful details or may have missed some of the data that was collected for the first time in this census. That said, the...

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Why Genealogy In Action? other Jul 26, 2020

Let me tell you a story.

I consider myself a lifelong learner. I guess that’s why I enjoy genealogy so much; there’s always something new to learn whether it’s a skill, a method, or a record type.

But here’s the problem.

There are dozens of educational opportunities available to us as genealogists. From online to in-person, from books to blogs—pretty much anything imaginable. All of the options are extremely overwhelming!

And, it’s frustrating when we...

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