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Many of my friends were complaining with a “second census” they received in 2000.  It was an elite group (random, I think) asked to fill out additional informational.

What information would you like to learn about your ancestors in past census?

This started in 1940. There is a list of questions rejected in this census.  One was “how many dogs do you own?”  Honestly, its not information I’m real interested in.. but I don’t know why.  I want my descendents to know about my past pet loves that broke my heart to leave this world.

When I thought about useful genealogy questions, I commented that I’d like to see, “what is your mother’s maiden name” and “are you parents living?”  I thought these questions would be valuable in family history research, which as an invasion of my privacy, is the ONLY reason I freely answer the census questions.  I want others to know about me.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a notes section, where you could leave something useful to your descendents?

What information would you like to learn about your ancestors from past census?

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When I was real young, it was Captain Kangaroo, Bozo the Clown, The Mickey mouse Club, and The Brady Bunch.

When I stayed home from school, at Grandma’s, it was I Love Lucy, I Dream of Genie, Match Game, Family Feud, and Young and the Restless.  That was my Grandma’s show.  We also watched Adam 12 and Emergency.  The Twilight Zone scared me silly, too.

At night, I remember Mash and Hogan’s Heroes.  I didn’t like Hogan’s Heroes.  I was too young to understand what they were finding so funny.

Like clockwork, there was Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and every CBS radio station newscast ever to play.

Today, I rarely watch tv.  Do you wonder why? :)

I like series tv on DVD from Netflix.. Dexter, Lost, Will & Grace, Grey’s Anatomy

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My favorite meal that Grandma made was Beanie Weenies.  Seriously.  They were boring.  Pork N Beans, cut up cheap hot dogs, and Government commodity American cheese.  I make them once in a while (as close to it as I can) just to feel close to Grandma again.  No one else will eat it, though.

My favorite meal at my Great Grandma’s house was her salad and peach flavored jello.  She put celery seed in the salad and always sliced the lettuce thin like in shreds.

My favorite foods, today, are related to bread and cheese in every way.  I think a good Calzone and IBC root beer is better than someone bringing home flowers. :)

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A few weeks ago, I posted a few links to family group sheets and pedigree charts, on the LDS website Family Search.org.

I prefer these forms.  Even if you don’t need to use the LDS portions, they are need and tidy forms for a lot of information to be put on them.

As I prepared my class, that I ended up not being able to attend, I found another source for non LDS form from the Mid-Continent Public Library.

The Midwest Genealogy Center has forms, to print, covering:

  • Individual Worksheet, so you can write down all that you know
  • Research Log, to keep track and reduce duplication in the future, of what you’ve already searched
  • Research Checklist, to help map out research for an individual
  • Blank Census Record Charts

Although I will stay with the standard neat and tidy Family Group Sheets and Pedigree charts, and always use the Personal Ancestral File Free Digital Software, I’m excited to find the above forms and will offer them in future classes that I will be teaching.

Are there any other forms you find useful, to share with us? Please do tell..

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Pedigree Chart : This starts with you and spans out to your parents, their parents and so on, showing five generations.

Family Group Sheet: This is one family unit. It starts with a father and his parents and the mother and her parents and then lists the children.  If you are not LDS or do not wish to add the LDS information, just ignore it. The rest of the form is quite concise, with two pages when there are many children to list.

You will need to use a Research Log. I have not used one, in the last 30 years and I repeat a lot of research because I don’t have it documented.

These are the basic forms that get you started asking other family members questions.

Sometimes people can’t remember dates, but you can ask “well, what grade in school were you in?” and sometimes that helps jog some memories.

I choose to use Family Search.org’s Personal Ancestral File for computer software. It’s free and can be downloaded here.

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