Archives.com has recently added the complete 1790-1930 U.S. Census to its already billion-record database. This is great news indeed! And to help them promote this new addition to their service, they have asked Geneabloggers (via contest) to share any tricks, tips, or words of wisdom for first time users, or, offer some sage advice on what to look for to solve those family mysteries via census records.
Using census records in family research is a MUST and is pretty much a straight forward process. But, there are times when using census records can be down-right frustrating when there are transcription errors, not enough information, ancestors “twisting” the truth about their lives or they go MIA (missing in action) from one decade to another for whatever reason.
Below are five drawbacks I’ve encountered using census records. I know that my information below is not an exhaustive list of all the problems new users will face, but they are basic and applicable enough for them to refer to as they seek to learn more about their families via census records:
Genealogists LOVE U. S. Census Records and use them regularly. April 1, 2012 cannot get here fast enough for those of us waiting on the release of the 1940 records. New users of these records who are serious family historians will develop a love affair with them too. But as we all know, no love relationship is free of problems. But having a heads up about some of the most common drawbacks associated with census records is helpful!
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