Lincroft, NJ Beverly Yackel will explain how “Being a Census Taker Was Not Easy,” at the Monmouth County Genealogy Society meeting on Sunday, November 8, 2020. The virtual meeting will start at 2 p.m. The public is welcome. Information about signing in to the event on<gotomeeting> will be available on the MCGS website <njmcgs.org>.
As Chair of the MCGS Speaker’s Bureau, Beverly has been much in demand at genealogy meetings throughout New Jersey and nearby New York. This, her most recently developed presentation, aims to help researchers understand the census process. Genealogists rely on the work done by Census Takers for their most basic research, frequently blaming them for errors and ”brick walls.” Beverly says to blame the Indexer, not the census taker for age and name variations or for those persons who appear on the census twice.
The role of the Census Taker is not an easy one. As Beverly explains, they “have had to invade people’s privacy by asking questions about their ages, color, health issues, country where they were born. In 1880 they asked how members of the household were related. The 1910 and 1930 rules on how to indicate the “country” of birth were extremely complicated.”
Beverly is a past president of MCGS and has led the Speaker’s Bureau for several years, developing timely talks and mentoring new speakers. When she is not researching, organizing, or speaking, she finds time to run the Middletown Rambler’s Square Dance Club, which presents dances weekly and offers a busy schedule of classes. When no longer restricted by the pandemic she will be back assisting researchers at the Family History Center in Eatontown.
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