Saturday Night Fun, Census Superpower
Randy Seaver, over at Genea-Musings has challenged us today to think about our genealogical superpowers. Wow! This one deserves some thinking.. Here is his challenge, why don’t you join along.
1) Answer the question: Do you have a genealogical “superpower”? (i.e., a unique research ability or technique that helps you track down records or assemble conclusions that others can’t?) If so, what is it?
2) Tell us about it in a blog post, a comment to this post, a comment to Dean’s post, or a comment to this post on Facebook or Twitter.
3) If you have a picture of yourself in superpower mode, please show it to us!
After giving this some thought, my superpower would be using the census to track families, especially hard to find people or families that have that unique name or seemed to have just been dropped down to Earth.
I especially love the challenge of some African American families I have done where there have been several surname changes. It brings great excitement to discover them in a place I knew they should be, but were under a different name.
I also enjoy teaching others how to use the census in their research and to take advantage of all it has to offer. It gives us so much more than just a name, date and place. I try to make notes of immigrations, occupations, education and all other things specific to that particular census.
So, that is my choice for my Genealogical Superpower. What is yours?