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Study Those Surrounding Families!

Continuing on the census trail, George G. Morgan’s “Along Those Lines” column from last week, concerned the importance of documenting and studying past census information (as well as other related documents). Specifically – study the families around the person(s) you are researching, as at some point there maybe a chance they’ll be connected in some way (among other reasons, which George notes).


One of the cardinal rules that most new genealogists are given when working with census records is, “Make note of surrounding families on the census population schedules.” While you may have been told to note a different number of families on either side of your family, such as two, four, six, or some other number, I heartily agree with this strategy. And while you’re at it, obtain a printed copy of the population schedule if you can for future reference. You will find yourself going back to the record again and again to reexamine some aspect of it. In “Along Those Lines …” today, I want to list some reasons why you want to make note of surrounding families, and not just in census schedules.

Via Legacy News

Canadians, Become Part of History Through Census

Kate Trotter has an article in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Become part of history through census, that discusses the ongoing debate in Canada over allowing people to hold back their 2006 Census information from future generations. To be more precise, Canadians can opt out of having their census information released in 2098 (the normal 92 year cycle), and genealogists are working to insure that they realize the impact this would have.

Just say yes, and you can become part of history.

That’s the message Gordon Watts and other genealogists want to get out before May 16, Census Day.
If each person’s “yes” box is marked, the information in the census can be released in 92 years.
“If they say ‘no’ or neglect to answer the question, their response will be considered to be no. Then, for all intents and purposes, when the 2006 census records are released in 2098, those people will have ceased to exist,” Watts said.

Up to this year, information gathered by census-takers was released after 92 years. But as of this census, the information will be sealed from public view unless permission is given this year, and for each successive census.

The 1841 UK Census and Interest In It

According to Maija Palmer of the Financial Times, half a million genealogists visited after they placed the 1841 census. Apparently this was the first “comprehensive” census in the UK, which led to this rush.

About 500,000 amateur family historians flocked to the website after it unveiled an online version of the UK’s first comprehensive census from 1841.

Visitor numbers to the genealogy website almost quadrupled from normal levels as people logged on last Monday to see what their great-great-great-great grandparents had been doing on a particular night 160 years ago.

Just kind of interesting how high the numbers were. As it’s the first comprehensive UK census, it’s probably an important one for many people. The article mentioned this as well:

According to ComScore, the market research company that tracks internet usage, visits to family history websites have almost doubled over the past year in the UK, with more than 4m visits in January against 2m in January 2005.

That’s some substantial numbers. If somebody magically came up with the 1890 census in the US, and put it online, I think it would bring whatever site that’s hosting it, to it’s knees. Regardless, it’s a good indication of just how popular genealogy is.

It’s All Relative: Getting Down To It

Schelly Talalay Dardashti has a very interesting article, It’s All Relative: Getting down to it in Ynetnews, if you happen to be into Jewish genealogy. It’s about an upcoming Jewish genealogy conference that is huge.

Get this:

International Jewish family history researchers are signing up for an intense Jewish genealogy adventure offering more than 180 program sessions in 23 topic categories, more than 30 meetings and luncheons of special interest groups, and networking with global colleagues.

The 26th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy , set for August 13-18 in New York City, will offer conference speakers from 18 countries and an extensive computer education center sponsored by

180 different sessions. I don’t have any Jewish relatives, but I want to go anyways.

Talk of 2006 Canadian Census, Headstones

With all of the talk about the 2006 Canadian Census, and people having the option of whether or not the information will be revealed in 2098, The Genealogue mentions that headstone information will become optional as well:

The upcoming Canadian census will ask respondents whether they want their answers made public in 2098. Now comes news that privacy zealots in Canada want to make headstones optional as well.

Ontario MP Paul Morrison explains: “We’ve read that identity thieves sometimes practice ‘tombstoning’—copying the names and dates from gravestones and creating false identities with the information. Before it ever happens here, we must stamp it oot . . . I mean out.”

A measure before Parliament would require Canadian citizens to declare whether they want their graves marked. Those who “opt in” will have stones placed on their graves 92 years after their deaths. Those who “opt out” will lie forever in unmarked graves. Those who fail to respond will be deposited in a mass grave somewhere within the icy bounds of Nunavut.

Genealogists are said to be concerned.