What WAS That Enumerator Thinking? Case Studies in Census Confusion: Liz
Haigney Lynch, The Ancestral Archaeologist
Anyone tracking their family in U.S. censuses knows how frustrating
it is when ancestors aren’t where you thought they’d be. Tempting as it is
to blame vindictive census-takers, it’s likely not their fault – and your
family may not really be missing. This presentation outlines some key ways
of using census research wisely and in depth. This session will focus
especially on immigrant ancestors in densely populated urban areas, a group
that presents interesting challenges in narrowing broad search results to
specific, plausible possibilities.
A former newspaper writer and editor, Liz began serious genealogical research
about 20 years ago, and holds a certificate in genealogical studies from Boston
University. In addition to occasional client research, she coordinates repository
tours for the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
(APG), of which she is a charter member.
Liz continues her work as a freelance
writer and editor. Check out
her blog, The Ancestral Archaeologist!