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Does This Count as an Epiphany? — 9 Comments

  1. BOY, am I glad you took this lesson and posted it! In my “lost-due-to-ill-health” 2012, I did manage to start a genealogy project; that of finding the census records for everyone on my tree from 1850 forward (I’m not ready to go back before the every-name census reports at this time.) Having achieved a 50% success rate at my first attempts in both the 1850 and 1860 census lists, I knew I needed to extend my records. You have just shown me the way! I’m using my initial methods through 1940 before I return to 1850, because I realized I was laying out a residence and migration pattern for these people. The methods you have mentioned here will help me make the picture more clear. So thank you again for the insight.

  2. I was looking for relatives in a German community in 1900 and finding nothing and I knew they were there. I entered the first names and a partial with an * and was able to find them.

    I will try the county search next, thanks for the tip.

  3. For me the quickest way to do a county search after I find someone is to enter the county with only the surname. Then I usually print the list and connect those that are obvious families. It is also good to check other known surnames, as the wife’s maiden name. Some may be missed due to mistranscriptions, but the census taker is usually pretty consistent.

  4. I’m on Ancestry and other subscription services which are good for creative name searching in an ED. But, full counties and parishes searches I find using the census images at Internet Archives to be the way to go. First, they are scrolled pages so you don’t have the painful image load lag times. You can just fix your eyes on that column of names and scroll thru 27 pages in an ED very quickly. Second, they are in ED order so you really can work an entire county very quickly and easily without alot of ‘back to the beginning’ click throughs to find the next ED.

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