Have you seen Ancestry.com’s new deep dive into the life of your ancestor feature for the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census yet? I’ve got to say, it’s pretty darn cool!
It seems to be only for the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Censuses so far, and I hope it eventually covers All of the U.S. Censuses! It would be even more cool if they added that feature to ALL the documents, but that would obviously be TREMENDOUS work!
It is a great feature for beginners because it walks them through every detail that they could miss in those censuses, and it is like having a mini lesson in the details featured in those censuses! It is also just fun for all levels!
You can use this feature by viewing the actual census image.
For the 1930 U.S. Census, they walk you through your ancestor’s home ownership, education, occupation, their home, birthplace, age, radio ownership, and marriage status.
For the 1940 U.S. Census, they walk you through your ancestor’s address, home ownership, household, age, education, birthplace, occupation, hours worked and income.
They also give you links to the street view of the addresses now on Google maps, compare the rental amount or home value from then to now for you, and compare their income then to nowadays!
Of course, the feature may be off on how household members are related, but it can’t do everything! 😉
Go into Ancestry.com, and give it a try now for some fun!
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I'd love to read your comments on this new feature!
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9/21/2021 09:46:24 am
Thanks for this tip. With any luck, at this time next year Ancestry will do the same for the 1950 Census ;)
9/22/2021 02:15:45 pm
You're welcome, haha! I just discovered it, and thought it was a little cool; it's geared more for beginners, but still fun/interactive! Yes, I'm sure they do it for the new one, and hope for ALL the censuses! :)
9/22/2021 05:11:38 am
I haven’t tried this yet, but the explanations appear helpful — especially the ones for abbreviations. They will probably do the same for the 1950 US Census once their indexing of it is complete.
9/22/2021 02:17:54 pm
CHeck it out when you have timel; it's geared more for beginners, but still fun/interactive! Yes, I'm sure they will do it for the new 1950 census, and hope for ALL the censuses! :)
9/28/2021 08:02:56 am
Oooh, I'll have to check this out. All of my census research for the past few weeks has been in the 1800s so I'll have to jump forward and see these features.
9/28/2021 04:48:50 pm
Yes Jeri, do check it out when you have time! As I have said, it's more for beginners but still interactive, thus fun! ;)
10/2/2021 10:23:03 am
I hadn't tried this out yet, but I love that they're linking to the Google street view. Fun!
10/2/2021 10:31:58 am
Try it out Kim, it's pretty cool! As I have said, it's geared more towards beginners, but anything interactive is fun for all! :)
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