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Crystal Clear Family History Search

| Articles | February 28, 2012

A project such as a family history search is very tricky thing to engage in. You have to know your way especially when searches get hindered by road blocks and brick walls. That is why you have to be familiar with the basic tools needed to get the job done. You have to be properly introduced with the fundamental blocks that make family history access possible. One resource used in making a crystal clear family history search is the census. Let’s take a look at what a census is and what it can do to help your search easier and more accurate.

A common census consists of the accounted number of people in a certain place. Aside from the actual population of a group of people names, birth, death, ages, marriages, and even divorces and separation are well-documented. So how did the census started in the first place? The word census came into being due to the Roman title censor which was given to the official who took charge of taxation and civil registration. He was also responsible for overlooking public works and morality. Early civilizations thrived because of a good census mechanism. Examples of which are the Babylonians, Egyptians, and the Chinese.

The procedures during the first times of the census taking were quite primitive. Workers were required to provide their own sheets of paper. This paper which had lengths of up to three feet was used to document information. The responsibility of the enumerators was solely to write down responses given to them. Supporting documents and evidences were not asked such as records of birth, ownership, and marriage.

Records shown in censuses are normally categorized into locations and years. Two of the more prominent census records in the world are the United States Census Records and the United Kingdom Census Records. Census records from the US include years such as 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, and 1840. The 1850 and 1860 censuses included slave schedules.

The list goes through up to the 1930 census. On the other hand, the UK Census Records were in the years such as 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930. All of which are done in the Isle of Man, England, Wales, and the Channel Islands. Surprisingly the UK records show censuses from American and Canadian states and provinces respectively.

So how can you play with census records in order to help you in the family history search? Census extraction is one method that is very helpful. The concept available is that format and column headings for different census years especially those that aren’t really easy to read are presented in a more readable form. It also offers filing and extracting information methods. Another thing to look for regarding census is the census indexes.

They facilitate provision of information regarding the individual to be located and can save a considerable amount of search time. These indexes commonly include the name of the household head, the location of the residence during the year the census was taken, and the exact page where the original census records can be traced.

Every detail in your family history search should be diligently dealt with. No stones should be left unturned. You should be well oriented with how certain resources are to be manipulated in order to reach a crystal clear family history search.

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