27
Feb

Lesson learned

Today was a learning day.

I let my subscription to Ancestry.com expire...other things I wanted to spend my money on right now and they are very expensive...so I had to find other ways of continuing my genealogy research.

Family History 50 Free Genealogy Resources was a good place to start. I had bookmarked this site but hadn't actually checked it out.

I have been looking for 1910 Census records for Deschutes County, Oregon. They should have been available on Ancestry.com but I never found them. No matter how many ways I looked, those records just weren't there. You all probably see where this is heading. Deschutes County wasn't organized until 1916. Before that it was part of Crook County. I knew that many Oregon counties were reorganized over the years but I had stopped thinking and letting Ancestry.com do the work. I wasn't asking the right question and it wasn't giving any hints why I wasn't getting the results I expected.

Now that I know I should be looking in Crook County, I can't browse through Ancestry's collection. Not a problem. Archive.org came to the rescue. I did a search and found this page: Archive.org Oregon 1910 Federal Census. This gave me images of the Oregon 1910 Census in PDF format. Good news/bad news. The files are microfilm images; no index. All of a sudden I am back in the 70s searching census records image by image, but that is OK.

I will find the information I am looking for and in the process I was reminded to ask the right questions and to not stop thinking for myself just because a program makes the work easier.

Dan Stoe

Junction City, Oregon

 

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Comments

  1. Dan says:

    Going through census records one image at a time has renewed my respect and admiration for those individuals that transcribe and index all these records we often take for granted. Most will remain anonymous but thank you all anyway.

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