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 Censuses

Details from many of the censuses can be entered, including the US Censuses from 1850 - 1940, and Massachusetts state censuses 1855 and 1865.

  • First, if there is not already one there, add a "Reside" event with the year and location, as found in the census, and save.
  • Back on the main page, hover over the "Reside" event, and choose "Edit Census" from the dropdown list.
  • A form will come up that is specific to this census. It does not contain all columns from the census, but only those that add new information and seem the most useful for later reference.

Included in the form are lists of this person's parents, siblings, spouses, children, and a space for finding other people (inlaws, cousins, boarders, etc). You can check any of the relatives who were also in the same household.  It's not required to check the household members, but if you do...

  • When you save, all of the other household people inherit the same "Reside" event and the same FamilySearch census source, if not already there.
  • Return to the "Reside" event menu, and there will be an option "View Household". This lists out all the people in the household. On this page, you can add and remove the columns using the green check button at the top left.
  • For the census information that may be different for each household person, you can go to each person's page, choose "Edit Census", and put in their details.

After saving, a green or blue button will show up next to the "Reside" year -- blue with a small picture of a person if the census entry has multiple household members, or otherwise green.. Clicking this will open a read-only view of the information entered. To edit the information, go back to the same "Edit Census" option above.

Access permissions: Anyone who is logged in can add a "reside" event (if needed), and add a census to it. That person and you as the record moderator have access to edit the information.

Occupations: Next to the occupation field in the census there is a checkbox (defaulting to being checked).  When still checked, the occupation(s) entered will be copied down to the "Tags" section of a person's page.  If someone shows as a laborer, farmhand, and farmer in successive censuses, for example, you can uncheck the checkbox for the ones you don't need to copy.  Just having "farmer" is sufficient for the tags.

Other censuses:  If a particular census has not yet been enabled, you will see a message saying so as you go to enter the information.  US State censuses or censuses from other countries can be enabled as needed -- contact the administrator if you have one you would like to see enabled.

Reports
VIewing the information in the green window above is currently the only place this information appears... but as new ideas come up, it may be useful in other ways to aggregate or report on the census data that is entered.



Updated: 12-12-2016