Previous censuses are digitized, up through 1940, and available on Ancestry.com and other sites. They are one of our greatest resources — hence the need to fill out this year’s census for future generations.
DNA: Good time to contact your DNA matches
During these days of staying at home because of the coronavirus outbreak, it would be good time to contact some of your DNA matches, or if you have been contacted, write back.
Everyone who does a DNA test has his or her reasons, and the person may not be as deep into genealogy as you might be. Don’t badger folks. Just say something like, “I see we match at (DNA testing company) at (whatever level), and I wonder if we could figure out how we might be related.”
You also could ask people where their grandparents lived, or, depending on the program, suggest which branch of your family they match with using your “In Common With” or “Shared Matches” features.
Check genealogybargains.com for what is being offered for free at various sites. You never know what might turn up. Family Tree Magazine was one recent freebie.
Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P . O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or gagensociety.org.