Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tracking Your Ancestor in the Census  

Grab Your Saddle and Go Track Those Ancestors!

I've experimented with several ways of tracking ancestors and/or ancestral families in the census. I even created a chart that would work for one person, though you could use it and just put in a family name (example: The John Witherspoon Givens Family). It provides such a wealth of information if you have the data from each census in which the individual appears.

Some of you are capable of creating spreadsheets for this purpose. Plus there are a few things on the Internet that give suggestions, also. And/or solutions.

However, you do this, it is absolutely something that you want to do, especially if you are having difficulties or brick walls. Of course, the result will be a "census timeline" and should be incorporated into a larger timeline of historical events or other types of timelines. Your census research can become a stroke of the brush as you create a portrait of your ancestors.

Consult these sites to gain a better understanding of census tracking, see and obtain tools for your project, and be motivated to create your own solution to the challenge of working with census sources.

Monday, July 22, 2013