Central Maryland AAHGS Chapter

Census Double Hitter


 On May 28, 2011, our chapter had a census “double hitter” with a lecture first by Natonne Kemp, entitled “Stumbling Without the 1890 Census”, and also one by our President, Alice Harris on “Tips for Finding Elusive Ancestors.”

Genealogists have yet to recover from the loss of most of the 1890 census to fire damage; that 20 year period can be a massive brick wall to researchers. But Natonne showed us numerous rssources we can use to bridge this gap, as she walked through an example from her own research.

Alice took census “brick walls” via email before the meeting, and wowed the crowd by using census “tricks” to find ancestors they had previously been unable to locate on various census records. We all came away from the meeting with more tools to attack the census with.