Censuses: How to Find Them and How to Squeeze Every Bit of Information From Them - Connie Lenzen Censuses are one of the first "real" documents that genealogists seek out. They are easy to find on a number of websites. What in the world does it mean "squeeze every bit of infomation from them?"
Censuses are good for a lot of things. They can tell the composition of a family, successive places of residence, approximate birth dates, the state or country of birth, approximate marriage dates, the number of children born to a mother, the immigration and naturalization of foreign-born persons, occupations, value of property owned, home ownership, military service, education and disabilities. Even those censuses with mere tally marks have a story to tell.