Become a 20th Century Census Expert — An Interview with Gena Philibert-Ortega

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In this episode, Gena Philibert-Ortega joins us to discuss the importance of understanding 20th century census records as genealogists. Plus: we explore how to participate in the indexing of the 1950 census and sniff out both facts and fictions in family stories.

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Ep. 160: April 2022

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Featured Interview: Become a 20th Century Census Expert (06:21)

We just got our hands on the 1950 census, which is chock full of valuable information about our more recent relatives. In fact, all of the 20th century census records are extremely important to our genealogy research. Gena Philibert-Ortega thinks that you should become an expert in these records. She’s about to teach a course at Family Tree University that will help you do just that called Become a 20th Century Census Expert

Course: Become a 20th Century Census Expert

Family History Home: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Stories (16:07)

State Records Coordinator at the Rhode Island State archives Richard Hite offers several steps for evaluating family stories to separate fact from fiction.

Read “Nothing but the Truth” by Richard Hite in the May/June 2022 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Richard Hite

Best Genealogy Websites (27:34)

In our Best Websites for genealogy segment, Jim Ericson from will explain how you can get involved in the indexing of the 1950 census.

Resources Mentioned in this Interview: – United States Census, 1950

Richard Ericson

Editor’s Desk: May/June Issue of Family Tree Magazine (43:38)

Magazine editor Andrew Koch gives us an insider preview of the May / June issue of Family Tree Magazine, including several resources for understanding and navigating the 1950 U.S. Census.

May/June 2022 issue of Family Tree Magazine

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

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