Consider yourself lucky if your ancestors are from Illinois, Iowa, Florida, New York, South Dakota, or one of the other states that took state censuses.
These relatively underused resources can help you find ancestors between federal censuses, when federal census records are missing, or when your folks are missing from federal censuses.
Wouldn’t you know the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine, now on newsstands and on Family Tree Shop, has a guide to finding state censuses—both online and off. It comes with a handy cut-and-save chart of colonial, territorial and state censuses for every US state.
(I know July seems months away! This issue also covers June.) Other articles in this issue include:
- The Family Tree 40 genealogy blogs, a roundup of the best blogs for keeping up on genealogy news and websites, getting research tips, learning about local records and repositories, and losing yourself in fellow researchers’ family stories and photos. (You also can see the list of these blogs free on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.)
- Our research trip survival kit, which you’ll definitely want to take a look at if you’re hitting the road for genealogy this summer
- Presentism and eight other pitfalls to avoid when reading and writing family and local histories. (Presentism, I learned from this article, is drawing conclusions about events and people of the past based on today’s norms.)
- Our pull-out city research guides for Charleston, SC, and Detroit
- Our guide to discovering your Croatian roots
… and lots more. The July 2011 Family Tree Magazine is available in print or as a digital download.