National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research

This is a six-lesson self-paced course designed for genealogists who want to learn about population censuses taken in this country their inception. The course consists of a PDF file that can be printed or read on a computer using the free Adobe Reader, which is available at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

What Will I Learn

The course consists of lessons, examples, exercises, and self-graded exams that are viewed or printed from a personal home computer.  After completing this six-lesson online course, students will

  • locate family members in the federal population schedule;
  • explain what can be found in various federal population schedules;
  • interpret the information found in each phase of the federal population schedules;
  • evaluate the evidence found in each phase of the federal population schedules;
  • write a citation for the federal population schedules; and
  • understand the differences between the current and traditional finding aids.

Although using the Internet for census research is not a course objective, this course does include tips and links to websites relevant to the lessons. Some of these sites provide historical background and research aids while others illustrate some of the information discussed in the lessons.

To learn more about Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research, see the course syllabus.

Requirements & Fees

You will need a computer and Internet connection to download the Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research PDF file from the NGS website. You’ll also need the free Adobe Reader to open, view, and print the course on your own computer.

The course tuition is $70, but NGS members receive a discounted price of $45.  Join today to receive the member price.

Register online for the Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research course now.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses on CD are final. There are no refunds.

Certificate of Completion

This is a self-study course and NGS does not issue a certificate upon completion. Since the National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, no certification or accreditation is implied.

Want Something More?

NGS offers genealogists quality training and education. Other selections include American Genealogy: Home Study Course. This sixteen-lesson course is available on three CDs. It offers the more experienced genealogist an in-depth independent study course on American records.

Questions?

Contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.

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