Spotting Inconsistencies in Census Records – An Interview with Robyn Smith

By Family Tree Editors

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In this episode, Robyn Smith explains how census records can be potentially misleading due to inconsistencies. Also, Gena Philibert-Ortega offers tips for preserving your favorite family recipes.

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Feature: How the Census Can Mislead You (04:39)

In this episode we’re going to dig into one of the most commonly used records in genealogy:  the census. However, genealogist and author Robyn Smith is here to tell us how the main staple record might just mislead you.

Resources Mentioned in This Interview:

Despite its importance, the US census can come riddled with genealogical errors. Here’s how to avoid them.

Family History Home: Family History Cookbooks (16:22)

Gathering around the table is a hallmark of family, and the food found on that table can tell you a lot about your family history. Here to help us save and share family recipes is Gena Philibert-Ortega, the instructor of Family Tree University’s course on how to make a family history cookbook which is available this month

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Family Tree University – Make a Family Recipe Cookbook

Editor’s Desk (26:59)

Magazine editor Andrew Koch gives us an insider preview of the November / December 2023 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  


  • Cover story on printing family trees: Common question that genealogists have.
  • Tip: Review your work before printing! Have someone else proof, set down and return to it later, or “read in reverse.”
  • Other articles on writing stories from family journals, getting involved in genealogy societies, MyHeritage’s photo tools, and Scandinavian genealogy.
  • Plus: Tear-and-save index for 2023, which can help you cross-reference all the articles we’ve published this year. We have these downloadable on the site back to our first year, 2000. Hint: at the comprehensive all-year index that will hopefully be available later this year.

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