Course curriculum

    1. About Your Instructor: Gena Philibert-Ortega

    2. Course Access: April 18 - May 15, 2022

    3. Course Overview

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Before we begin ...

    6. Contact Us

    1. Why Become a 20th Century Census Expert?

    2. A Short History of the US Federal Census

    3. Social History and the Census

    4. Social History in Census

    5. Census Questions: Decade by Decade

    6. The 1950 Census

    7. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. What Can the Census Tell You?

    2. Vital Information

    3. Occupations and Military Service

    4. Immigration and Naturalization

    5. Street Address

    6. Other Census Schedules

    7. State Censuses

    8. School Censuses

    9. Indian Rolls

    10. Women and the Census

    11. Women in the 1920 Census

    12. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. Where Is the Census

    2. Five Tips to Help With 20th Century Census Research

    3. How to Improve Your Search Results

    4. Using to Search the US Federal Census

    5. Using FamilySearch to Search the US Federal Census

    6. Enumeration Maps

    7. Additional Census Helps

    8. Help from the National Archives

    9. Help from the U.S. Census Bureau

    10. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

    1. 20th Century Records To Use with the Census

    2. 20th Century Records To Use with the Census

    3. A Case Study - The Philiberts in the 1930 Census

    4. A Case Study - The Philiberts in the 1940 Census

    5. A Case Study - Lessons Learned

    6. Using Social History for Your Ancestor’s Story

    7. Using Social History for Your Ancestor’s Story

    8. A Case Study - the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake

    9. Skill-Building Exercise & Discussion

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About this course

  • $99.99
  • 46 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

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Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published online and in print. Her books include Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and From the Family Kitchen (F+W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives.

Gena Philibert-Ortega


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