The State of Census

The United States Federal censuses from 1790 through 1940 are some of the most valuable records that genealogists use. They enable researchers to track families in numerous ways, including:  Migration patterns (or lack thereof) Size (as they increase or decrease) as children are born, grow up and move out to form their own households Social…

Reading Old Handwriting

National Handwriting Day, celebrated since 23 January 1977, promotes the importance of penmanship and its ability to express the personality of an individual.  In the ensuing years, our use of computers and typewriters has led many to bemoan the loss of penmanship skills.  Would the signature of John Hancock, who was born on this day…