Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around

Cari Taplin, CG
Jul 26, 2019
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Indexing Errors
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Errors accidental
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Imaging Errors
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Overall Strategies
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About this webinar

This program shares some tips and tricks for overcoming common and uncommon census research obstacles. Cari will cover topics such as language barriers, literacy, indexing errors, imaging errors, errors (accidental), and errors (intentional). Using examples, she will demonstrate each of these issues and suggest solutions for overcoming them.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Ca
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Brilliant webinar with lots of great information to take in and use in our own researches to understand the questions that can appear when using the census.

    Cari does an a excellent webinar. This has encouraged me to look at some of her others.

    Cari is outstanding.

    Carli is, as always, knowledgeable about her subject and conveys her enthusiasm for helping others learn. She thoroughly covered the handling of censuses.

    Census Hurdles today great topic!

    clear, concise instruction; good visuals; helpful suggestions to aid research; well ordered and structured – easy to follow

    Clear, good examples, very pleasant presenter.

    Even tough this was about American census many tips could be used in other countries as well.

    Excellent information! Thanks!

    Excellent presentation, valuable information, some new things I hadn’t thought of. Thank you!

    Excellent webinar!



    EXCELLENT!! Thanks Cari.

    Excellent, good pace, good level of detail. Thanks.

    Excellent. I learned a few new things, even after using censuses for 30 years.

    First rate webinar. Lots of excellent pointers. I an newly inspired to look for some of my ancestors who have “gone missing!”

    First time I had seen an 1890 US Census with its vertical arrangement!

    For me, an interesting and informative refresher. Thank you.

    Gave me some things to think about when trying to find my ancestors in the census!


    Great information and I really love listening to Cari! She has a wonderful presentation style and an easy to listen to voice!

    Great information thanks!

    Great presentation and responsive answers to questions. Thank you!

    Great presentation and speaker! Thank you! : )

    Great tips for new approaches for taking another look at the Census records. thaks

    Great webinar Cari . We always learn so much.

    Great webinar on census hurdles.

    Great webinar! Especially liked the ways to figure out other ways to spell a surname. Thanks 🙂


    I always learn something in these webinars even if I’ve already completed most census research for my family.

    I keep forgetting to check for dead children on the census records. Thanks for reminding me.

    I learned so much because it’s a great way to learn!

    I teach census records online in the course I teach for BYU-Idaho and have for the past five years. I was excited to learn some more tips and tricks so I can help my students. I also have some more ideas for searching a census where my own ancestors seem to be missing. Great webinar!

    I tuned in late – my bad!!!! – what I heard was very well done. I will catch the rest later on replay.

    In the 1920 Census my father and his family were listed with my Grandfather’s first name as their last names. Like Cari suggested I went line by line in neighvor hood to find them.

    Learned some new tips that I am about to try because I too have difficulties finding some ancestors in the censuses.

    lots of great suggestions for apparent roadblocks!

    Lots of useful information to broaden my research

    Loved the idea of recording those pre-1840 people on a spreadsheet~

    Not only was our speaker knowledgeable and articulate, Cari clearly enjoys sharing her expertise with other people. And she definitely does have expertise! I have been doing family history research since 1986 and I still learned some new approaches today. Great seminar, Ms. Taplin!

    Not too much new info for me, but still picked up a couple of new hints or resources. Well presented and Chari kept it moving.

    Outstanding Solutions I never would have thought of. Expands my census knowledge, mucho.

    Really enjoy her webinars – upbeat and easy to understand information- she is a good communicator. Keep them coming!

    Really fun presenter with lots of really great hints and tips. Great webinar!

    Sadly I missed most because I didn’t pay attention to the time zone. Can’t wait til it goes up to relisten (yes, I’m a subscriber) because what I did catch was wonderful.

    She had a lot of interesting scenarios, nothing I hadn’t run across before, coming from the days spent scrolling through the microfilm in search of elusive ancestors, but she was very knowledgeable and engaging. I was also thrilled to win a door prize!! Thank you so much.

    She kept it interesting.

    so very interesting

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Some really helpful hints for using census records in other countries, unfortunately here in New Zealand we don’t have access to individual historic census records only statistical data. Most pre 1966 forms have be destroyed by the department and those that have been kept are closed to the public till 2066.

    Some very good search tips. Going to try looking for that “missing” 2g-grandmother again!

    Thank you for thisnone. Very well presented. Important info to know.

    Thanks for the great info.

    The census is such a foundational document for genealogy. Thanks for providing another way to thing about these important records.

    This was awesome! Thank you!

    This was my first Legacy webinar, so I was just figuring out how to get the most out of it. Information was very helpful but that rabbit hole keeps calling…Discipline, discipline, discipline.

    This was my first webinar with Legacy, but won’t be my last. I did get some valuable tips, especially about the article Measuring America. Thank you!

    very basic information but we all tend to go to seminars just in case we can pick up a tidbit. Very clear presentation, although sometimes presenter was just reading the information on the slide.

    very clear and complete. Excellent handout. First rate. Useful as the tips can be applied to other Census (most of mine are Canadian or UK). Same principles apply.

    very good

    Very good presentation; helpful reminders for how to locate “misplaced” ancestors in the census; appreciated the references to Measuring America and the censustools.com website; haven’t looked at the syllabus yet. Thanks for another great webinar!

    Very helpful. Thank you, Cari!

    very informative

    Very informative and helpful. Good tips.

    Very informative webinar on the census. I learned a lot that will help with my census research.

    Very informative.

    Very informative.

    Very interesting and USEFUL information. I will use many of the tips mentioned here, for sure.

    Very useful information. Thanks.

    Webinar very informative & will watch again.

    Well done.

    Why I watch all topics of webinars: even after 35+ years of research, I always learn something new!

    Wonderful webinar. Although I have been using censused for years she gave me such great tips for further searching. A big “THANKS” to Cari.

    Wonderful! Great info!

    WOW! Excellent webinar. Very informative. Learned so much. Thanks


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