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October 19, 2006

We Extended The Family History Month Promotion For You

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Family History Month Promotion Extended For Our Guests

OneGreatFamily Extended The Family History Month Promotion Until October 29th

OneGreatFamily has decided to extend the Family History Month Promotion until the end of October to make sure that all of our guests get the opportunity to take advantage of the great savings.

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Success At OneGreatFamily

Beyond My Wildest Dreams

We enjoy hearing about the success our members have in building their family trees at OneGreatFamily. We appreciate Logan for sharing his success with us.

Dear OneGreatFamily,

I am excited with the results that I received within the first 2 days of my trial period. One of my lines was extended by your OneGreatFamily Tree from the mid 1500's to the early 1300's. I am amazed by the power of your system and how fast it is in merging my tree into the OneGreatFamily Tree and noting any discrepancies and other possible mergers. It even fully merged the three separate GEDCOM files that I submitted at the same time when I first signed up.

Your unique and very dynamic full tree in the right side of your browser window is way beyond anything that I have seen before. I cannot say how many times that I have gotten lost in a tree using other software technologies. Now I can know exactly where I am at all times. Then to think how quickly I can locate and change to any other part of my tree is just beyond my wildest dreams.


Logan Wright

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"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews

United States 1880 Census, United Kingdom 1871 Census

by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian

This week we are discussing the 1880 United States Census and the 1871 United Kingdom Census. The 1880 U.S. census is available on for free. The LDS church indexed the entire census. I think this census is the most accurate U.S. census that has been indexed. Many of the major websites send their census information overseas to be indexed by people whose native language is not English. While they do have an excellent accuracy rate, the 1880 census seems to have fewer mistakes than other census years that I’ve worked with. I believe the main reason for this is that the 1880 census was indexed by native English speakers who commonly work with genealogical records and are familiar with early American handwriting. This is my own opinion; I encourage you to find out for yourself.

The 1880 United States census lists the following information:

  • Residence (in cities)
    • Name of street
    • House number
  • The name of each person whose place of abode on the 1st day of June 1880, was in this family.
  • Personal Description
    • Color – White (W), Black (B), Mulatto (M), Chinese (C), and Indian (I)
    • Sex – Male, M; Female, F.
    • Age at last birthday prior to June 1, 1880. If under one year, give months in fractions, thus 8/12 means 8 months old.
  • Relationship of each person to the head of this family – whether wife, son, daughter, servant, boarder, or other.
  • Civil Condition
    • Single
    • Married
    • Widowed, divorced
  • Married during the census year (marked yes or no or possibly just checked)
  • Occupation
    • Profession, Occupation, or Trade of each person male or female.
    • Number of months this person has been unemployed during this census year.
  • Is the person (on the day of the enumerator’s visit) sick, or temporarily disabled, so as to be unable to attend to ordinary business or duties? If so, what is the sickness or disability?
  • Health
  • Blind
  • Deaf and dumb
  • Idiotic
  • Insane
  • Maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled
  • Education
    • Attended school within the census year
    • Cannot read
    • Cannot write
  • Nativity
  • Place of birth of this person, naming state or territory of United States, or the country if of foreign birth.
  • Place of birth of the father of this person, naming state or territory of United States, or the country if of foreign birth.
  • Place of birth of the mother of this person, naming state or territory of United States, or the country if of foreign birth.

As you can see, the 1880 U.S. census offers a significant amount of detail. The addition of the place of birth of the individual’s parents, and the relationship to the head of household are two of the most valuable additions. The other questions become more detailed by including women in the occupation column as well as asking about sickness, disability, and health details. This census starts to create a vivid picture of your ancestors’ lives. I hope you enjoy finding out these little details as much as I have.

The 1871 United Kingdom census asked the following questions:

  • Road, street, and number or name of house
  • Houses
    • Inhabited
    • Uninhabited (U) or Building (B) – Note: this refers to whether it was a business (building) or a vacant dwelling (uninhabited)
  • Name and surname of each person
  • Relation to head of family
  • Condition (referring to marital status)
  • Age
    • Male
    • Female
  • Rank, profession, or occupation
  • Where born
  • Whether (1) Deaf-and-dumb (2) Blind (3) Imbecile or Idiot (4) Lunatic
There are several things that can help you find ancestors on the United Kingdom census. If you are having a difficult time finding someone once you have found them on another census, try looking for their neighbors. The census could have been indexed incorrectly and looking for a neighbor’s name may lead you right to them. Also think about the way the name sounds and try alternate spellings. You have to think as they would have during that time period. There were many uneducated people and the concept of spelling did not exist as it does today. If an individual didn’t know how their name was spelled (which was very common) it was up to the census taker to determine the spelling based upon how the name sounded. Don’t get hung up on alternate spellings, they happen quite frequently. Open your mind to all the different ways a name could have been spelled and also how it sounded. Think about how the name would sound with the appropriate accent for that geographical location. You’ll be surprised at what you might find.
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