Sep 7, 2021

Getting Started in Genealogy

Getting Started in Genealogy

When you’re looking for information at home, you may find items that are dated, but don’t have years. For example, Thursday, March 8. This is especially true with diaries, letters, and clippings found in scrapbooks. You can figure out what the year is by using a perpetual calendar.

Perhaps the best method of finding previous researchist o ask your older relatives about what they remember.

You’ll also want to check for previous research about your family. Previous research is information about your family that has already been compiled; including family and local histories, genealogies, pedigrees, articles in periodicals, and collections of family papers. You can find these types of items with the help of libraries.

Collecting oral histories

Once you have recorded all of the basic genealogical information that you and your family can recall, you may want to dig deeper into the family memory and collect stories that will give all of those names and dates a little bit of character. rrecording oral histories offers help with recording those stories.

One of the major events For genealogists will be next year’s release of the 21940 U.S. Census information from which can give you a great start.Amongst the things you may learn, while recording your family history.You may discover:


Age at a certain point in time

State or country of birth

Parents’ birthplace(s)

Year of immigration (if relevant)

Street address

Marriage status and years of marriage (if relevant)


Value of home and personal belongings

Crops grown (in agricultural schedules), etc.

Not all of this information is available in every census. Before the 1850 Census, few of these details were recorded. From 1790 to 1840, only the head of household is listed by name; other household members are merely counted in selected age groups, see For specifics on what information was collected in each census year, see Availability of Census Records About Individuals At:

Age Search Service

The Census Bureau provides an “age search” service to the public. Census Bureau will search

Age Search Service

The Census Bureau provides an “age search” service to the public. The Bureau will search the confidential records from the Federal population censuses of 1910 to 2010 and issue an official transcript of the results (for a congressionally mandated fee).

NOTE: Information can be released only to the named person, his/her heirs, or legal representatives.

Individuals can use these transcripts, which may contain information on a person’s age, sex, race, State or country of birth, and relationship to the householder, as evidence to qualify for social security and other retirement benefits, in making passport applications, to prove relationship in settling estates, in genealogy research, etc., or to satisfy other situations where a birth or other certificate may be needed but is not available.

For questions regarding the age search service, please contact the National Processing Center at (812) 218-3046. Their fax number is (812) 218-3371.

A video tutorial is also available to help explain how to obtain your Census record.

Access: Census records with individual names are not on computer. They are on microfilm, arranged according to the address at the time of the census. Most agencies require the earliest census after the date of birth.

Required: A completed BC-600 application for Search of Census Records, signed by the person for whom the search is to be conducted. This person may authorize the results to be sent to another person/agency by also completing item 3 of the application.

Minor Children

The application must be signed by (1) a blood relative in the immediate family (parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent), (2) the surviving wife or husband, (3) the administrator or executor of the estate, or (4) a beneficiary by will or insurance.

State of birth and citizenship is only available in census records from 1910 to 1950.

you can learn more about the census bureau’s Age Service” at