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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Jan 7, 2019

In our podcast episode today, Diana and I discuss how to analyze a census record, and the example of George W. Dillard in the 1850 Census. We go through the steps of making an abstract of all the census information, asking questions about the information on the census, making a hypothesis, then making a list of records to search that could answer the questions. We also discuss the non-population schedules and then what to do with the images of census records you find.

Don't forget to download our Census Cheat Sheet packed with all the information we talked about today, and more.


Back to the Basics with U.S. Census Research – Part II

Relevant previous podcast episodes

Other links discussed in podcast

Non-Population Schedules

“U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885.”

Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841.”

1890 Veterans’ Schedules”  and the FamilySearch collection “United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890.”

FamilySearch 1850 Slave Schedules.  

Ancestry 1850 Slave Schedules and the 1860 Slave Schedules.

U.S. Federal census – 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes.

U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 collection

Websites with Census Helps:

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Census Finder

1790-1840 Census : Birth Year Calculations

Research Like a Pro Links

Research Like a Pro eCourse

Study Group - more information and email list

Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on

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