5 Hidden Questions in the U.S. Federal Census

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 24, 2016 in Research

It doesn’t take long for even a beginning genealogist to recognize the value of federal population census schedules. Tracing a family or individual back through censuses, taken every ten years, makes building a family tree or pedigree relatively easy. But within these schedules, even experienced researchers may forget or overlook these “hidden” questions from certain census years. Read More

10 Places You Didn’t Think To Look

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 7, 2015 in Research

There are a dozen good places to find a date of birth, but did you know some of those same resources could be holding much more difficult-to-come-by information, too? We all have our go-to sources for certain facts: census records for ages, relationships, and whereabouts; draft registration cards for addresses and next-of-kin; naturalization documents for Read More

Dear Census Taker: Read the Instructions

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 21, 2014 in Research

Dear Census Taker: I would have addressed this as “Dear Enumerator,” but was concerned that you had not yet read the instructions that have been given to you and, thus, might be unfamiliar with that term. Those instructions are why I am writing to you today. Following these instructions will generate much joy for the Read More

Cool Collection Finds

Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Entertainment, Website

  Ancestry.com digitizes millions of records to make them available online, and we find some really amazing records in the process. The Ancestry team goes through thousands of pieces of paper – turning pages, flipping and scanning, and sometimes, one of our team members will spot someone famous, a historical figure or an important historical Read More

Ask Ancestry Anne: Occupation Concubine?

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 2, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Question: I have an ancestor (Sarah Wagoner) that is listed as living with J.G. Thompson as a “servant/concubine” on the 1880, Henderson County, North Carolina census.  However, another census lists her as the wife of James Thompson.  What exactly does “servant/concubine” mean?  Was it common practice?  I appreciate any help you can give me on this.  Thanks, Nancy Read More