Stephen Morse – Two Lectures: Finding Presidents’ (and Your) Ancestors in the Strangest Places & Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting
Finding Presidents’ (and Your) Ancestors in the Strangest Places
You might think that U.S. presidents are a breed apart from your ancestors, but they are not. They also arrived on ships and also came face-to-face with the census taker. This talk will show you how to search for presidential records, and, in the process, it will teach you how to search for your ancestors’ records. There are similar problems with both searches, including misspellings and incorrect dates, and we’ll learn how these problems can be tackled.
Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
In April 2022, the 1950 census will be released! It will not have a name index, so finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead, meaning finding and using the Enumeration Districts (EDs) of the census, so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show how to use each one.
Steve Morse, creator of the “One-Step” web pages, has been a mainstay of genealogy research, inventing many tools that ease research work for both the novice and the experienced genealogist. He managed to get EllisIsland.org to use his approach in order to ease research on that site and has developed special tools that help handle data as each new U.S. census has been released. For details on his enormous number of research aides, see his website at stevemorse.org.