Friday, February 5, 2016

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The ‘Secret’ Details in the 1940 Census You May Be...

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The ‘Secret’ Details in the 1940 Census You May Be...: One of the more interesting features of the 1940 Census that everyone should pay attention to are the additional questions that each page in...

The ‘Secret’ Details in the 1940 Census You May Be Missing

One of the more interesting features of the 1940 Census that everyone should pay attention to are the additional questions that each page includes. Two people on each page are asked additional questions and their answers are placed at the bottom of that page. Very different from previous censuses. This is especially profound if one of your ancestors is one of the two listed. One of my aunts is one who gets featured, even though she was only 8 years old. Yes, there will be children as well as adults featured.
To find which two are chosen, just look at the left-hand side of each page and find the two boxes that says "suppl quest." That means supplemental questions. And drop down to the bottom of the page to see the questions and answers. Here's the link from Family History Daily that helps to explain it all:
http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/the-secret-details-in-the-1940-census-you-may-be-missing/

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kathy's Gates to the Past : I'm in! U2? It's Jamboree time!

Kathy's Gates to the Past : I'm in! U2? It's Jamboree time!: The Southern California Genealogy Society's annual Jamboree is in June. Have you signed up? I have! Here's the link:  www.genealogyj...

I'm in! U2? It's Jamboree time!

The Southern California Genealogy Society's annual Jamboree is in June. Have you signed up? I have! Here's the link:  www.genealogyjamboree.com. See you there!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My, How the Worm Turns: Family Tree Maker is revived!

My, how the worm turns...as they say in the soap opera world. And now we can "my, how the FTM turns"!. According to the Ancestry.com blog, the Family Tree Maker program has found a new home at Software MacKiev, a company that's kept the Mac version of FTM going for the last 6 years. According to the agreement, we FTM users will still be able to connect FTM to Ancestry.com. It will also be available for those who use Roots Magic. 
This is certainly a sigh of relief for all us who have been mourning FTM. Below are the links to the Ancestry blog and the Software MacKiev website. Oh happy day!!
Ancestry.com blog: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/
Software MacKiev: http://www.mackiev.com/

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The Fate of the 1890 Census

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The Fate of the 1890 Census: As all genealogists know, the US Census records can be a gold mine of information. Often used as the first record to use in researching our...

The Fate of the 1890 Census



As all genealogists know, the US Census records can be a gold mine of information. Often used as the first record to use in researching our ancestors, the records provide family information--names, ages, birth years and locations, marital status, occupations, and much more. However, our biggest Census heartbreak is the almost total loss of the 1890 Census, mainly caused by a fire, water, and smoke damage. Only a few pages survived.
Back in 1996, the National Archives (NARA) published a three-part article discussing the fate of the census. Below are the links to all three parts (part 3 are reference notes). Enjoy!
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1996/spring/1890-census-1.html
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1996/spring/1890-census-2.html
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1996/spring/1890-census-3.html