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New (to me) sources on FamilySearch.

I've found several ways to search on Familysearch. And I've found several documents that I didn't have! I usually went to Search All Collections and then went to the countries and then the state. This time I went to the map and clicked around the state I was interested in. Records came up that I had not noticed. Do you have a special way to search?

Creating Charts if necessary

I know that creating charts takes time and if you're really into genealogy, that's too much time away from researching. However, it's really useful when you're researching so I think the time spent is really well worth it. I have a census tracking form, a research log, notes log, etc. Lately I've been considering creating a census information chart. For example, I could list each census in a row across the top and the column at the left with the information contained in all the census. Then I could just check the column to indicate which census has that information included. It would be useful if I want to check a month/date for births, or number of years married for particular ancestors

Preparing to leave home to research

Anytime you're leaving on a genealogy trip, you should prepare yourself as much as possible so that you can dedicate your time for that elusive ancestor you're searching for. In my case, I get my research plan together, all paperwork (or computer files) and anything else that will help me. One of those things is my prepared census research form. My census search form has space for each census year and as much of the information that I can write on there regarding the years married, number of children, immigration year, etc. Did you know that the 1900 census indicates the person's month and year of birth whereas the 1850-1880 and the 1910-1940 censuses indicate the person's age?

Another Census Tip

As I said before, making a census table on excel can assist you in making your research question so that you can perhaps break your brick wall. Comparing the census from one year to the next can bring up important clues and it helps to see it on paper (or computer screen). All of the Censuses from 1850 to 1940 indicate the person's state or country of birth, which helps to narrow down where you should search.

A Research Plan

Census, census, census. I think that almost every post so far has me talking about using the census. I think that every research plan, no matter what your objective is, what you want to find out, involves the census. So I can't stress it enough, mine that census for every bit of information. How about the person's occupation? Is it consistent from census year to census year?

Brick Wall?

All of us encounter brick walls. There are so many ways to try to break it down. Some are successful; some are not. However, you need to try them. As you start your genealogy research, try to find all the siblings before you go on to the next generation. I found the marriage record of one of my ancestors along with the baptism of their daughter, my direct ggggrandmother. The marriage record did not name the parents of the couple. Only by looking for all the baptisms of their children did I find out who the paternal and maternal grandparents were. AND only one of the baptisms named them. Similarly, as you compare the census years one after another, take note of the children. Find the

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