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Analyzing Census Records

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Program Description

When searching for information on your family’s history, you will likely come across census records. Deciphering these old documents can be challenging and filled with pitfalls. Expert genealogist and teacher Elizabeth Briggs will introduce you to the best methods for approaching these records. She will illustrate with examples of census records from North America, Europe and the United Kingdom and will analyze census records of different time periods of the same country. Discover some tips and tricks such as where to access census records and looking for alternatives to these records. Become aware of problems with names such as spelling and finding different spellings. Elizabeth will share clues to reading old handwriting and finally will offer suggestions on searching for ancestors who pre-date the census. Schedule: Tuesday, September 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm This class will be held online. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register and again 24 hours before the class begins. Instructor Elizabeth Briggs spends time on family research, teaching genealogy and genealogical research for the government. Elizabeth has volunteered at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives where she developed a database for almost ten thousand Servants’ Contracts from 1776-1926. Elizabeth has written or co-authored a number of books to help people research their family history. Some of these include: Biographical Resources at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Volumes One and Two, Before Modern Medicine: Diseases and Yesterday’s Remedies, and, York Factory Medical Journals, 1846-1849. Elizabeth has been an invited speaker to Smithers, B.C., the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar, Orkney Family History Society, Scotland and Manitoba Genealogical Society. She has been Genealogist in Residence at the Millennium Library. Elizabeth has been a regular presenter at Winnipeg Libraries, Creative Retirement and the Brandon Genealogical Seminars. Elizabeth is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.

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