Online Census Secrets: Best Websites and Strategies to Find Your Ancestors

Census records are the number one resource for US genealogy. Use them to trace your ancestral families back in time decade by decade, or even to discover new branches of your family tree. All US census records up to 1940 are now online. Most genealogists know, though, that it’s not as easy as simply typing in a name. To successfully trace your ancestors, you need to know where to look and how to make the most of census websites. This hour-long webinar will tell you exactly what you need to know to make the most of the US censuses available online.

  • SESSION STATUS: Digital Recording Available (Download Here)
  • STARTING TIME: On-Demand
  • LENGTH: 1 hour
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • PRESENTER: Allison Dolan, Editor-in-Chief of Family Tree Magazine


  • What to expect when using the 1940 census
  • Key facts about US censuses and census websites
  • How to access online census records for free
  • How to use the major online census collections at, HeritageQuest Online and other sites
  • How different sites’ records and indexes compare
  • Search strategies for finding elusive ancestors


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