The October-December 2021 Issue of NGS Magazine is Now Online

The October–December 2021 Challenge  

of the NGS Journal is Now On-line

The October–December 2021 problem of NGS Journal, Quantity 47, Quantity 4, is being printed and is now available online within the Members Solely part of the web site. The USPS continues to be experiencing lengthy delays in some areas for supply of print copies. This problem’s theme is Census Information.

EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych

April Idiot’s Day subsequent yr will carry a rare reward for genealogists: the discharge of the 1950 US census on-line. However analysis would require extra effort than coming into names in a database. Genealogists can begin getting ready now to be able to find information on 1 April 2022 and past.

Claire Prechtel Kluskens particulars the historical past and schedules of the 1950 census and discloses the preliminary plans of the Nationwide Archives for its launch. She supplies a comparability with the 1940 census, a whole record of the questions within the 1950 inhabitants schedule, and details about enumeration district (ED) maps digitized within the Nationwide Archives Catalog.

At first, researchers should browse the 1950 census by enumeration district. Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub recommend strategies for locating 1950 ancestral places and clarify methods to use the One-Step web site to acquire ED numbers.

Studying about directions to enumerators and what every census was designed to measure can help genealogists in utilizing census information to their fullest benefit. Partially one among her article, Shelley Bishop explores the substance and availability of census directions from 1790 to 1870.

When folks can’t be positioned in census information, it might appear that enumerators missed them, however unsuccessful searches are often as a result of different causes. Jill Crandell illustrates methods for overcoming search challenges associated to given names, surnames, ages, birthplaces, and frequent migrations.

Some descriptions of social statistics census schedules are incorrect; Helen Shaw units the report straight. She outlines the content material, accessibility, and makes use of of social statistics schedules for setting up group profiles and discovering clues that result in different information.

In her column, Kathy Petlewski discusses the analysis worth of mortality census schedules, which can have the one information of demise for some ancestors. The 1850 and 1860 schedules record many deceased enslaved individuals by title, though identification could also be tough.

In different columns, Cheri Hudson Passey offers useful ideas for societies to advertise and conduct profitable digital conferences, Carla Cegielski presents 5 methods for finding free on-line newspapers, and Paul Woodbury clarifies the usage of ethnicity admixture estimates for context and clues within the interpretation of DNA matches.



  • NGS 2022 Household Historical past Convention: Westward Ho! by Kathleen O. Beitiks 
  • The 1950 Census: Coming Quickly! by Claire Prechtel Kluskens
  • Looking the 1950 Census by Location by Stephen P. Morse, PhD, and Joel D. Weintraub, PhD
  • The Evolution of US Census Directions: Half One, 1790 to 1870 by Shelley Bishop
  • Finding Laborious-to-Discover Census Entries by Jill N. Crandell, MA, AG
  • Utilizing Social Statistics Schedules to Study About Ancestral Communities by Helen A. Shaw, CG


  • PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Kathryn M. Doyle
  • EDITOR’S NOTE by Deb Cyprych
    • Name for Proposals for NGS 2023 Household Historical past Convention
    • Profitable Digital Conferences: Shifting Societies Ahead by Cheri Hudson Passey
    • Mortality Schedules: Demise Information Earlier than State Registration by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
    • 5 Methods for Discovering Free On-line Newspapers by Carla S. Cegielski
    • Utilizing Ethnicity Estimates to Generate Genealogical Hypotheses by Paul Woodbury

NGS Magazine is printed quarterly to replace members of the Nationwide Genealogical Society on NGS actions and to offer genealogists with particular data and steering on conducting efficient genealogical analysis. The journal is shipped to libraries by subscription. On-line entry to NGS Journal is accessible solely so long as membership is energetic.

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