"The Census Taker" by Norman Rockwell
I recently attended an interesting and fun workshop on genealogy, organized by Winding Rivers Library System and presented by Megan Isely of LaCrosse Public Library Archives. Thanks to Megan I’ve learned how to investigate my family tree using databases offered by our library system, such as Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest as well as many other free websites. Users can search a great variety of records and documents, including U.S. census reports, vital records, and immigration and church records. Both Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest are available for free through the library. While you must be at the library to access the Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest is available at home through the BadgerLink resource at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions about using these resources, please ask. We love to share this information!
While at the workshop, we also learned about the upcoming release of the 1940 United States census. This information has been unavailable to the public for 72 years in order to protect people’s privacy. Genealogists are eagerly anticipating the release of this information and are counting down the days until April 2nd. For more information about the 1940 census release, just click on the image above to link to the National Archives website.
If you’ve never looked into your family tree before, now is a great time to branch out and take advantage of your library’s many resources.