How to Browse the Census by Location

Finding your ancestor in the census is a great way to extend the family tree, but what do you do when you just know he should be there, but he isn't turning up in your searches? When that happens, it's time to stop searching and start browsing old school style. Here's how to browse the census by location in both Ancestry and FamilySearch.

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3 Sources to Learn More About Your Ancestor’s Occupation

Researching an ancestor’s occupation is an excellent way to build context around him or her. Our ancestors spent a lot of time providing for themselves and their families, so taking a look at how they earned their living can reveal a lot about their everyday lives. Here are three sources to explore. Continue Reading

Don’t Neglect the Other Census Records

The census has become the kleenex of the genealogy world. When someone says that they need a kleenex, they almost always mean they need a disposable tissue, not that they need Kleenex™ brand tissues. It’s similar with “the census.” The census also has a problem with identity. “I found him in the census” usually means “I found him in the Federal population census.” But just like there are other brands of disposable tissues, there are other types of census records. Continue reading

Census Records for Ohio Available for Free

The good folks at FamilySearch announced today that they have added more indexes to their online census collections. Among the good news for Ohio researchers is that Ohio is now included in the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1900 indexes. Digital images are linked to the index, so you can see the images online for free from the comfort of your own home!

Go to and click on North America on the map to see a full list of all the collections they have online. You can then click on any of those links to get more information about a specific collection or to search.