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Saturday, May 15
“Secrets of the US Federal Census - How Did Enumeration Really Work”  (Monthly Meetings)
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
This will be an online presentation

Biography – Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in using technology andsocial media to improve genealogy research and to connect with the family history community.

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, onlinecommunity builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researchingfamily history.Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so hestarted his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. CurrentlyThomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Genealogy Bargain !Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude oftopics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serveas a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success


Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how totell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean? Do you know what happened to the population schedules once they were submitted by the enumerator? Learn the fascinating journey of UScensus data from the census planning phase to the final tabulation.Participants will gain a better understanding from the perspective of both theenumerator AND the enumerated how the US Federal Census worked for particular years. With this knowledge, as a genealogist you can better evaluate the census data for your ancestors.