Secrets of the US Federal Census – How Did Enumeration Really Work?

Learn the fascinating journey of US federal census data from the census planning phase to the enumerators to the final tabulation.

Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how to tell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean? Do you know what happened to the population schedules once they were submitted by the enumerator? Learn the fascinating journey of US census data from the census planning phase to the final tabulation.

Description: Participants will gain a better understanding from the perspective of both the enumerator AND the enumerated how the US Federal Census worked for particular years. With this knowledge, as a genealogist you can better evaluate the census data for your ancestors.

Audience Level: Beginner.

Content: 4 pages.

Outline

  • The Basics of the US Federal Census
  • Census Enumerators and Enumerator Instructions
  • Each Census Had Its Quirks – What to Look For
  • Hidden Census Information: Tip and Tricks for Deciphering Data
  • Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch: Ways to Access Census Data
  • Resource List

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