Become a 20th Century Census Expert - April 2024

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Go Beyond a Name and Place

April 15, 2024 - May 12, 2024

Course Summary:

The US Census is much more than a record of our ancestors’ names and locations. The census can act as a springboard to transforming our understanding of their life experiences.

Join instructor Gena Philibert-Ortega as she takes you beyond names and places with this in-depth course on 20th-century census records. Learn how each census reflects American society, how to mine each entry for important details, and how to combine them with additional records and social history to tell your ancestor’s story.

Course Workload:

  • Approx. 8 hours to complete
  • 100% Online using our eLearning Platform
  • 4 lessons complete with skill-building exercises and quizzes

What You’ll Learn:

  • What data be found on 20th century US population schedules, including the newly released 1950 census
  • How exploring the census can generate questions to American social history
  • The importance of Census Enumerator Instructions to understanding responses
  • Tips for searching the census records
  • How the census data can lead to additional records
  • How to use historical resources in conjunction with the census data to get better results

What’s Included:

  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Expert Support from Course Instructor
  • Video Presentations
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Student Discussion Board
  • Downloadable Course Materials
How FTU courses work:
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  • On the start date, log into our eLearning platform
  • Access to the course instructor runs until the course end date
  • After the course ends, you can read course materials for one year
  • Instructor and discussion board access will also end when the course concludes, so make sure you reach out and ask questions!

Instructor Bio:

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.

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