IN THIS EDITION -- March 7, 2002


Online Course to Guide You Through Census


With the unveiling of the 1930 US census fast approaching, the National Genealogical Society has something of its own to unveil: a new online course to help you with your census research. "Using Census Records in Genealogical Research" will focus on both the regular censuses from 1790 to 1930 and the special schedules that supplement them. The first five lessons cover a historical overview, Soundex codes, online indexes and federal population schedules. The next three explore territorial censuses, mortality schedules, as well as agricultural, manufacturing and social schedules. The course costs $35 for NGS members and $50 for non-members. For more information, visit

Get highlights from Family Tree Magazine's guide to census research, including updates on the 1930 census, at


Recount Uncovers More Patriots of Color at Bunker Hill

More than 100 blacks and Native Americans fought at the famed Battle of Bunker Hill, according to a new report by the National Park Service. Revolutionary War consultant George Quintal Jr. spent three years poring over muster rolls, pension applications and other records to look for patriots of color who participated in the battle but were overlooked. His estimate of 103 black and Native American soldiers is more than five times an earlier estimate, the Boston Globe reports. Quintal also reported that about 5,000 men of color served in the Revolutionary War. His research results will be featured in future exhibits at the Bunker Hill Museum.

Construction Unearths Slave Burial Site in Virginia

An unmarked cemetery of about 150 slaves is being dug up to make way for housing construction in Hanover County, Va., according to WRIC-TV in Richmond, Va. Though there are no records of the burial site, local historians say they knew about the cemetery, which dates back to the 1750s. Under court order, the developer is digging up the remains and moving them for burial at another location. Two homes will be built on the property.

Search Smart, Not Hard


A tip from Carole Taylor of Fayetteville, NY:

"A lot of my searching starts on the computer before I get to the library genealogy floor or Family History Center. One thing that I find helps tremendously is by doing Google searches of the area (town or county) and a family name at The search pulls up many hits, including books, town or county records, cemetery sites, message boards, etc. The key is in what words to use in the search. Use enough search words to make it inclusive, but not so many that you limit the results and rule out other possibilities.

"Then, on to the library already armed with the title of the books you are looking for. In one instance, I found a book called Mortuary Records and Genealogical Notes on the Town of Spafford, County of Onondaga from 1915. It helped me with some very important information on my husband's grandfather and enabled me to find the home of his grandmother's family. So, instead of being totally overwhelmed when I get to the library and looking through random books, this helps save some time and directs me to leads. I can spend my library time more wisely, since I work and do not get a chance to get to the library when I'd like!"