7 Census Research Tips for Better Searches

I've been scanning documents a cousin sent me and found some 11x17 copies of census records there was no way I was going to scan. This should all be online so I went to my computer to make sure this census record was attached to my online family trees at Ancestry, MyHeritage, and FamilySearch. So, I'm staring at a paper copy of the 1910 census record and type in my ancestor's name exactly as it appears in the census. That's usually the hold up when I can't find someone in a census: their name has been indexed incorrectly, they're going by a different name, etc. In this case he's adopted a nickname for his given name so I type in "Harry Webber," his birthdate, his birthplace (it was Wales, the enumerator has England, I typed England) I left out his wife's name because I've seen it indexed as both Eve and Eva and didn't want that to mess up my search. I submitted my search and he's nowhere to be found. I'm not accustomed to looking at more than the first page of search results s…
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Free family tree art at FamilySearch.org

If you have a family tree at FamilySearch.org, check out the free family tree art downloads/printables they've created.   Just select the family tree art of your choice, FamilySearch automatically pre-fills the tree, and you can print at home or download and print at a copy shop. I usually don't create family tree art, books, etc, because I feel like my tree needs to be edited and if I'm investing money in a finished product I will be furious if I see any errors. Uh, at almost zero cost and effort, this is no longer an issue. And these trees have four generations at most, which, let's face it, is easy to clean up. Darling and frameable family trees with zero effort. Easter gifts, anyone?   Here's a pinnable image to save for future reference.
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TapGenes-Your Family Health Pedigree

TapGenes is an exciting new website where you create a free family tree for the purpose of tracking your family’s health history. It’s a family health pedigree of sorts. I first read about TapGenes as I was preparing to attend RootsTech 2016. They were a finalist for the Innovator Showdown and they ended up winning the $20,000 grand prize, beating out some strong competition. If your family is at all like mine, half the family speaks freely of their health problems, even over dinner, and half of us are more reserved (not to mention turned off). Enter TapGenes. Quick backstory. My younger brothers call me every time they or a child has a new medical issue and they ask about our family health history. Our parents died young and I was one of the only siblings old enough to know and remember their health issues. But I really don’t like thinking about medical things, much less discussing them. TapGenes is a perfect compromise for what needs to be shared and when and whe…
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