Problem Solve with the Pre-1850 Census: Investigate the Tick Marks, Part 1

In this session, Problem Solve with the Pre-1850 Census: Investigate the Tick Marks (Part 1), we will discuss the challenges of pre-1850 U.S. research, talk about how the census came to be, and talk about pre-1850 census records.

The pre-1850 census records may be ignored because of the lack of names and relationships. However, several strategies can turn those tick marks into valuable clues for a family and even be used as evidence in proving identity or relationships.

Learn how to analyze an individual or family from census year to census year, then correlate that information with other records. Discover ways to use the neighbors located near your ancestor to prove identity and how to eliminate men of the same name by careful data tracking. 

This is part one of a two-part series.

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