Learn census research techniques, the census tracking research method, how to make probable cases, and combining other sources like land records and probates in your census research in this 4 class Webinar.
Tuesday/Thursday Dec 3, 5, 10, 12 7:00 p.m. PT / 10: p.m. ET
Saturday Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET
Other Sessions: Recorded Session available. Link will be emailed after purchase. Q & A live sessions available upon request.
1st Week- MagiCensus: Searching and Recording Census Basics
Censuses can be an important tool for uncovering new leads when done in a thorough and systematic way. The first part of this method is learning the importance of searching and recording to reduce errors and improve your chances of finding all potential leads. Emphasis is given to the 1900-1940 censuses with a case study on finding ancestors with few known details.
-How to use the 1900-1940 censuses
-Why are censuses so valuable to genealogists?
-Where can I find census data?
-What do I do with it once I find it?
2nd Week- Census Tracking: The devil is in the details..
The 1850-1890 censuses often introduce more questions than answers because relationship is not given. Using the census tracking method, you can often overcome these questions and find the answers or leads you are looking for. This class will focus on using census details that are often ignored, and using indirect searching techniques and tips for “How to find the difficult to find person.”
-Focus on 1850-1890 censuses
-Explore the 6 steps of the Census Tracking research method
-Learn how to seach censuses using indirect methods.
-Discuss overlooking the common clues found in the census.
3rd Week- Advanced Tracking: Probable Case? Keep it simple.. (Part 1)
The 1790-1840 U.S. Federal Census pose unique challenges for census researchers because it only lists household numbers, not all names. This class covers how to overcome these challenges by building a probable case. This becomes possible by using specific census rules, Occam’s razor, and basic logic. You may be surprised how much you can learn from these head of household name only censuses when following the Census Tracking method.
-Head of Household censuses, 1790-1840
-How to build a probable case.
-What is Census Logic and Occams Razor.
-Census Rules and how to make assumptions.
4th Week- Advanced Tracking: Land records, Censuses, Probates, Oh My. (Part 2)
Where do you get names for the household members found in head of household censuses? Utilizing land records and probate records in conjunction with the early censuses often opens up new possibilities and leads. Examples and benefits of census tracking collateral lines, neighbors, and unknown names found in probate records are shared. This class builds on skills learned in Part 1
-Explore a double identity case solved through census tracking
-Benefits of Tracking neighbors and women head of household
-Using other records as clues for census tracking