Use More than One Source to Search the U.S. Census: Tuesday’s Tip

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Use More than One Source to Search the U.S. Census: Tuesday’s Tip

Now that federal census images are available online from multiple providers, it’s always a good idea to search each of them for your missing ancestors.

Some of the reasons why this is a good idea:

• Indexers may interpret handwritten names differently, leading to elusive family members

• Image quality may improve from another provider

• Some years of the decennial census may be completely indexed at one provider and not at another

Give the census from an alternative source a try – you may be pleasantly surprised.

3 Comments

  1. Lisa Wallen Logsdon 5 July 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Excellent tip! There are a few in my tree that have continually eluded me for certain years. I know they are SOMEWHERE because they show up in a later census. I almost always used Ancestry so I’ll give the others a try and see what happens! Thanks!

  2. Heather Kuhn Roelker 5 July 2011 at 9:00 AM

    This is definitely a good tip. I have found several ancestors I couldn’t find previously while searching the familysearch.org census records. Their transcription differences from Ancestry were just enough for a wild card search to find my ancestors.

  3. Nancy 5 July 2011 at 10:52 AM

    This is so true! Also, sometimes I can find an ancestor at FamilySearch but there’s no image. I go to HeritageQuest with the known information and can usually see and copy the image. I have experience with every one of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing the tip for those who don’t know and for reminding those of us who do.

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