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Finding the census records for your ancestors is only the beginning.  Next, you need to extract all information that is in there.

Give us five minutes, and we will give you the tools and the know how to gain understanding of their financial situation.

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The Excel spread sheet gives you a template to record the information (Or paste this in your browser: http://bit.ly/15aXUjN).  And as discussed in the video, here are the fields to look for in the Census Records:

1850 – 1880

  • 1850
    • Col 8: Real estate
  • 1860
    • Col 8: Real estate
    • Col 9: Personal property
  • 1870
    • Col 8: Real estate
    • Col 9: Personal property
  • 1880
    • Nothing
  • 1900
    • Col 25: Home owned or rented
    • Col 26: Owned free or mortgaged
    • Col 27: Farm or House
  • 1910
    • Col 26: Home owned or rented
    • Col 27: Owned free or mortgaged
    • Col 28: Farm or House
  • 1920
    • Col 26: Home owned or rented
    • Col 27: Owned free or mortgaged
  • 1930
    • Col 7: Home owned or rented
    • Col 8: Value of home if owned, or monthly rent if rented
    • Col 9: Radio set?
    • Col 10: Does family live on a farm
  • 1940
    • Col 4: Home owned or rented
    • Col 5: Value of home if owned, or monthly rent if rented
    • Col 31: Number of weeks worked in 1939
    • Col 32: Amount of wages received in 1939
    • Col 33: Income of more than $50 other than salary

3 Responses to “Five Minute Find: Rich Man, Poor Man”

  1. Kim Stackhouse

    This is an excellent video and resource! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Susan Hussmann

    So happy to get this form with the census years on it. I did, however, make a few changes for my personal use. I hope this is okay. I made the rows 30 pixels and the colums 70 pixels as I just needed more room; I changed the orientation to Landscape; I removed the solid black cell fills and inserted capital Xs instead…only because that does not use so much printer ink. I will not use the form with these changes for anything but my personal use. Thanks alot for this helpful video and form.

    • Anne Gillespie Mitchell

      Susan, I’m glad you were able to use the form and please feel free to change, modify and share as needed. :-)