Genealogy Friday: When I discover wrong information

When researching family history, there are times when we find information that is wrong or misconstrued. Trying to prove the facts is not easy and often not popular among ancestors, but is necessary. Some of the information could be something … Continued

Special Census Records

Did you know there were other special census records other than the mortality schedules? During the 1850-1880 census, there were also industrial and agriculture census records. So, what does this include? Agriculture—as a genealogist these give you a glimpse into … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Other Ideas for Searching the 1950 Census

Several months ago, I published an article on when the 1950 census would be available and what we could expect.  Joel Weintraub from California reached out to me and with his permission, I am publishing his email. From his email, … Continued

Mortality Schedules

Did you know there was a mortality schedule? They were only used for a short time, from 1850-1880, but they can provide invaluable information. Sadly, they were only taken when the census records were taken and not during the non-census … Continued

3 Reasons Why Women in the 19th Century had such a low life Expectancy

Today, it the average life expectancy of a woman is expected to reach is about 83 years of age. However, before the 20th Century this life expectancy was much lower. Often in researching your family history, you may discover a … Continued

9 Reasons Children Died Before Adulthood

While researching, I’ve come across family members who had numerous children.  However, out of the twelve children born to this family only three lived to adulthood. Today this seems very odd, but before all of the medical advances of the … Continued