Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Few Bits of News

It has been an unbelievably busy June and July! I'm still recovering from whirlwind trips to San Diego, Idaho, and Washington, DC, and I hope to be able to get back to regular posting very soon.

In the meantime, a few interesting items found their way into my inbox, and I wanted to share them with you:

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NGS is searching for an Education Manager

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is searching for an Education Manager. The applicant should have experience in the field of education with an emphasis on teaching genealogy courses. The main focus of this job will be overseeing the development of online education courses. The Education Manager will also be responsible for keeping the current education courses updated as related to content and technology. The applicant should have excellent writing and editing skills which include a thorough knowledge of Evidence Explained, Chicago Manuel of Style, and BCG Genealogical Standards Manual.

Interested applicants should send a resume to education@ngsgenealogy.org by 15 August 2010. Questions about the job can be sent to the above e-mail address.

Education Objectives

1. Work with subject matter experts to deliver three to five courses per year.
2. Review all current courses and, to the extent practicable, work with the Education Committee to prepare necessary content revisions.
3. Review each course for conversion to newer delivery mechanisms that offer more interactivity, feedback, and use of computer-based tools while emphasizing new technology.
4. Working with the subject matter experts, write or oversee production of mini-research guides to accompany each course NGS offers. These guides will be made available as stand-alone publications.
5. Write a short basic genealogy introduction guide for beginners who find our website.
6. Write a brief article each month in UpFront about education, technology, or a research technique.
7. Establish an education blog to answer education questions about our courses.

(Hat tip to A. Hilke and the APG Members' List for this information)

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Download Free U.S. Census Handbook

The first six federal censuses taken following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution were relatively primitive instruments. Each of the decennial censuses between 1790 and 1840 identifies by name only the head of household. Another indication that the census was in its infancy during this period is the following observation made in the 2002 U.S. Census Bureau publication, Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000: "The 1830 Census was the first enumeration in which a uniform schedule was used to enumerate the inhabitants of the United States (previously, individual marshals or the states supplied the schedules)."

We should point out, of course, that for the purposes of determining a state's representation in Congress, those censuses also tallied crucial statistics about the aggregate composition of each household (numbers of persons according to sex, age, race, free versus slave, naturalized versus native born, and so forth). Thus, despite their limitations, the early federal censuses are probably the record group most consulted by genealogists researching the first fifty years of our nation's existence. Besides, where else can you find a snapshot of every household in the country at ten-year intervals? Even without the names of other household members, moreover, researchers can deduce or infer things about their ancestors from household statistics that might lead them to other sources.

Starting with the 1850 census and, with a few exceptions, continuing through 1940, the census conveyed an ever-increasing array of information, much of it of value to genealogists. Here are some highlights of those later censuses. The 1850 census was the first to identify every household member (not just the head) by name, age, sex, race, occupation, birthplace, literacy, and a number of other characteristics. Twenty years later, the census discloses if an individual's parents were foreign born. The 1870 census also produced a supplemental schedule for persons who died during the year (mortality schedule). By 1900 enumerators were asking for the birthplace of householders and their parents and, if foreign born, their year(s) of immigration. Finally, here are some of the new criteria for the 1940 census that researchers can look forward to: owned or rented home, owned a radio, age at first marriage, whether naturalized, veteran status, whether full or mixed blood, and tribal affiliation.

Readers will find a complete breakdown of the data gathered for each census, along with a wealth of fascinating reading about the conduct of the censuses themselves in the Census Bureau's free publication, Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000. To obtain your personal copy, go to the website http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/ma.html. Once there, you can view and print a PDF version of this publication.

(Hat tip to Genealogical.com's "Genealogy Pointers (07-20-10)" for this information)

For the record, I have been trying to download the entire Census Handbook - all 16.5 MB of it - but have not been successful. I recommend downloading it in parts, if you have any trouble.

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Finally... I can't find the original message, but Ancestry.com has announced that its Family Tree Maker 2010 software is sold out. They will be attempting to get Family Tree Maker 2011 ready for sale as early as next week.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: July 2010

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." ~Thomas Paine

Tuesday, July 6
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Barbara Warren - "Pictures on the Move"

Friday, July 9
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
10:20 AM - 12:00 PM
"Using the FamilySearch databases"

Friday, July 16
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
"Footnote Search Techniques"

Saturday, July 17
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy and Translation Manager of MyHeritage.com

Saturday, July 17
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Mini-Seminar & Workshop with Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D.

Tuesday, July 20
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Genealogy Tools
Pat Harmon - "How to Write an (Your) Obit and/or Eulogy (a revisit of the subject)"

Tuesday, July 20
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting

No Meeting in July:
Monterey County Genealogical Society
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County

Please send me an email if you would like to have your event included in this monthly calendar series.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal