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An atlas is a collection of maps.
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There is no 1890 US Census as it was destroyed in a fire.
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Registrations of births, marriges, and deaths first began for some areas in Germany in 1792 when the French invasion of the area west of the Rhine brougt that region under their administration.
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The 1850 census was the first census to include family names, instead of just head of household.
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Information for Ulster is maintained by PRONI.
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Cannon Law refers to Laws of the Church.
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Affidavit refers to a written and signed statement sworn in front of a court officer.
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An Administrator is an appointee of the court who settles the estate of a deceased who died without leaving a will.
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A Collateral Ancestor is an ancestor NOT in the direct line of ascent, but coming from the same ancestral family.
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Consanguinity means blood relationship.
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D.S.P. (died sine prole) means died without offspring.
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ae. or aet. is the Latin abbreviation meaning "at the age of".
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a.k.a. or aka is the abbreviation for "also known as".
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An "alien" is a foreign-born resident of a country who has not been naturalized.
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In early American history, a cousin was a relative by blood or marriage of any degree outside the immediate family.
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In early American History, a daughter-in-law was a step-daughter or the wife of their son.
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A Gazetteer is a geographical dictionary.
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Genealogy is the study of the origins and descent of families.
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Lineal descendant means being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
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French Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries were known as Huguenots.
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A primary source is a record created at the time of, or shortly thereafter, an event or circumstance occurred.
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The term "relict" refers to a widow or widower.
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The Latin word "sic" used in a transcription indicates the preceding word has been transcribed exactly from the original.
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A "Source" can be a book, record, object, or person supplying information.
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A secondary source may be material copied or compiled from other sources or written at a later date from memory.
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A census is an official county of the population living in the United States on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor is a specific place at a specific time.
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A census is closed to the public for 72 years after it is taken.
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Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled according to the state you are researching in.
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The 1890 census was destroyed but many groups are now gathering other data to fill in this gap
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When you're doing census, be sure to look at 10-20 families before and after the family you are researching. These folks are the friends and neighbors (and family) of your ancestor. Families do not live alone!
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If you find your ancestor as the last person on the census page, make sure you check the next page for more information.
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In addition to the federal census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran & Widow, Defective, Dependent & Delinquent.
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Many states took their own census. This was done between the federal censuses, on years ending in 5
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New York State took a state census in the years: 1790 (Albany County), 1825, 1835, 1845, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915 and 1925.
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Prepare a census timeline before you begin. Review what you will find in the census you are searching. Expect spelling and age variations.
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When copying census information, copy EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS IT IS WRITTEN! This is the way it was written - leave it alone!
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Don't assume that all information in the census is correct. It's only as good as the knowledge of the person reporting it.
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Don't assume that all children listed belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children a combination of his and hers.
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When the head of the household is no longer listed, don't assume he/she is dead. The person could be living with one of the children.
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A person may not have been living on the day the census was actually taken (not the official day). However, all information is to be as of the official census day.
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The State of Connecticut held state census in the following years: 1636, 1709, 1756, 1762, 1774 and 1821
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Starting in 1880, an Enumeration District consisted of not more than 4,000 persons assigned to one enumerator, or census taker.
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Census records were generated by enumerators. Some who had very bad handwriting.
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The U.S. Federal Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790
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Look at the neighbors' names surrounding your ancestor. Are they in the next census? Are they neighbors or family?
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More than one generation may be listed in a household
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New Jersey conducted state census in: 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905 and 1915.
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In the three centuries before German civil registration, the best bet for finding vital records is in the German parish registers
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Early German church records date to 1524. Requirements for record keeping were begun by the Lutherans in 1540 and Roman Catholics in 1563, but it is typical to find church record books that start around 1650.
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