Census Clues: Sweet Potato Simon, White Potato Willie, & Cows that Grow Wool

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
Mar 22, 2024
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Census Math
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About this webinar

Census records are the most used—and yet the most underused—of all genealogical resources. Every major provider offers them, along with an index so we can easily find our people. Aside from a year here or there, when a pesky ancestor seems to have eluded the census taker, the use of censuses seems fairly straightforward: We use a search engine to find our person and we copy down the data. There, done!

No. Not at all! Censuses provide “facts,” but in between those “facts” there are a wealth of clues we can mine to solve our worst problems with identity, origin, and parentage. This session is for advanced researchers who think they “already know all about census records” and for newer researchers who want to avoid the mistakes most researchers make.

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About the speaker

About the speaker

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught
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  1. TL
    Tedi Lojewski
    2 months ago

    Elizabeth has again provided a fantastic webinar with invaluable information! Where is my grandmother in the 1940 US Census? I had already come to the conclusion that the entire neighborhood was missing from the pages where her residence (where she lived from 1920 until her death in 1981) should have shown in the census. I now have additional strategies to find this “needle in a haystack” missing piece. A reminder about what constitutes “exhaustive research”.

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    Martha Rehm
    2 months ago

    Another thought-provoking webinar pushing us all to be more in-depth researchers! Thank you!

  3. JC
    Janet Cook
    2 months ago

    Very educational!

  4. ML
    Michael Lancaster
    2 months ago

    An immense amount of insight and learning condensed into an accessible, one-hour webinar.

  5. SB
    Sharon Barnes
    2 months ago

    She is always great.

  6. LG
    Lauri Gartner
    2 months ago

    I’ve attended many conferences in the past 40 yrs and never heard a more brilliant speaker than ESM! My first time was in 2018 at the MI Gen. Council Conf in Grand Rapids, MI where I went to 3 ESM lectures and was transfixed by her. I watch her webinars over and over– sometimes 5 times to take it all in. This Census Clues talk is filled with unique strategies, wish I’d found her 50 yrs ago because to quote Elizabeth I grazed like a cow instead of digging like a pig and really should start over.

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    George Mabry
    2 months ago

    Such a professional entertaining presentation.

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    Debbie Cravens
    2 months ago

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! ESM’s Webinars have been my favorite part of my membership with FamilyTree Webinars. Each webinar teaches me something new and useful and makes me a much better researcher. Thank you for providing such wonderful, informational and interesting webinars and thanks to ESM. WOW!


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