Originally published 2009
Republished December 17, 2013
Welcome to this step-by-step series for beginning genealogists—and more experienced ones who want to brush up or learn something new. I first ran this series in 2008-09. So many people have asked about it, I’m bringing it back in weekly segments.
Episode 11: Census Wrap-Up: Decade-by-Decade to 1790
In our first segment we welcome back genealogy researcher, author and lecturer Lisa Alzo. The author of Three Slovak Women, Baba’s Kitchen and Finding Your Slovak Ancestors talks about discovering family traits and putting them in perspective.
Then in our second segment we wrap up our three-episode coverage of U.S. census records with a decade-by-decade overview of censuses from 1880 back to 1790. We talk about special schedules taken during one or more censuses: mortality, slave, social statistics and supplemental, agricultural, manufacturing and the DDD (Defective, Dependent and Delinquent) schedules.
Updates and Links
For a list of online resources for U.S. federal census data, check out the show notes for Episode 9 at http://tinyurl.com/ShowNotesEp9. More links you’ll want for this episode include:
- Learn more about nonpopulation schedules and other census records in Ancestry’s The Source.
- The FamilySearch wiki article on slave schedules tells you what they contain and links to online resources for them at FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com.
- A free intro to the DDD schedules by Jana Sloan Broaglin, CG, OGSF, a prior guest on my Genealogy Gems podcast. Search the DDD schedules at Ancestry.com.
- Search the Mortality Schedules at Ancestry.com.
- Search other nonpopulation schedules at Ancestry.com (agricultural, industry/manufacturing, social statistics and supplemental) for some states.