Census An official count and description of the people living in a country, colony, state, county, township, or city (FamilySearch Wiki).
In most countries census records were taken every few years. In the US and British Colonies they happened every 10 years. Some states even took censuses in the years in between. The purpose was to help with taxation, population count and governing. What is great about them for genealogists, is that most of them named (or at least referenced) everyone in the household. More recent ones even included relationships which can help put families together. They give you a snapshot of the family at that time. You can often find great pearls of information such as occupations, deceased children, extended family, immigration details and marriage info. They are the perfect launching point for all genealogy.
Recording the stories is going to cover personal and family history related questions for you to answer in your own history. We will also talk about various ways to store histories and how to create stories about ancestors.
It has been a while since I've taken care of this site. Hopefully I can make a better effort to update this site. I've been thinking about three different ways that one can do family history. This is what I've come up with:
I mentioned in the last post that there is a genealogy conference. I failed to mention that there are classes for complete beginners! Everyone should feel welcome to attend. FamilySearch sent out an invitation about it as well. I've attached it to this blog post.
Announcement from FamilySearch
The Ogden Family Search Library (ogdenfsl.org), in partnership with the Weber State University History Department, is presenting their annual, free to the public, Family History Conference, "OF ROOTS & BRANCHES," Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. Ron Tanner, from FamilySearch.org in Salt Lake City, will be the very entertaining keynote speaker. Mr. Tanner will outline the new FamilySearch program enhancements and on-line training, which will be followed by 65 classes, presented by expert and professional genealogists for every level of genealogical experience, beginner to professional.
Spanish speaking classes will be offered every hour.
Genealogical experts will be available to assist one-on-one with individually encountered research blocks. Bring your research and reserve time at the registration desk. Many of these experts specialize in research techniques for a variety of countries around the world, again, help is at no charge. Additionally, vendors representing everything from DNA testing and 3rd party, genealogical programs to decorative genealogical wall art, will be presenting their products.
WSU is providing free parking for the event. Several of the Shepherd Building food vendors will be open to purchase food on site. The class schedule for the conference is available online at ogdenfsl.org. Hope to see you there!
This conference would be an excellent opportunity to learn more about research, FamilySearch and other family history related topics. I highly encourage you to attend.