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Genealogy For Dummies, 8th Edition by April Leigh Helm, Matthew L. Helm

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Chapter 4

Using All of Your Censuses

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Locating census records online

check Using U.S. census schedules

check Discovering state, territorial, and special records

check Researching non-U.S. census records

Although some people believe that the census is a nuisance every ten years, genealogists and family historians believe it’s one of the most important sources of information. Censuses give us periodic snapshots of the composition of a household and are valuable for filling in the gaps in the lives of our ancestors. For example, if you look at the birth and death places for William Henry Abell (see Chapter 2 for the information that we gathered on him), you would think he lived all his life in Kentucky. By reviewing census records, we discover that he lived a number of places in Kentucky and Illinois.

Not so many years ago, only bits and pieces of transcribed censuses were online. Now, most comprehensive subscription sites contain digitized and indexed census records for the United States. Also, sites are making strides in placing census records for other countries online.

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