Press Release

February 6, 2001

Beyond Census 101: Getting the Most from Census Records
New Program at Main Library February 17, 2:00 p.m.

How can you read between the lines when using census records to trace your family tree? Find out what vital information can be gleaned from census data as Karen Beiser, of the Main Library's History & Genealogy Department, and Carol Mahan, of the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, present Beyond Census 101: Getting the Most from Census Records. The free program will take place at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, on Saturday, February 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Huenefeld Tower Room, third floor.

"The census data is a premier genealogical tool used by beginners and professionals alike," said Ms. Beiser, Assistant Manager in the department. "We are one of only three public libraries in the country to have the complete U. S. census on microfilm from 1790-1920 (census data cannot be released to the public until it is 70 years old). The program is geared to those who are looking beyond what the statistics say, using information, for example, that might be able to help them track down long-lost cousins, or to see who was married to whom. How can you use the data to get the most out of it? What do certain abbreviations mean? This program can help sort through all those questions and more."

The department also offers material from all 50 states and some foreign countries, including passenger lists, city directories, military histories and maps, as well as church and cemetery records, and slave and freedmen records.

For additional information, call 513-369-6905.

Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 513-369-6944 [TDD 513-369-6946] at least one week before program.

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