Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Census Templates in Microsoft Word format

Have you ever wanted to be able to fill in a census template in Microsoft Word or some other format? Now you can!

Check out the Genealogy Genius web site Census Templates at http://genealogygenius.com/UScensusform1930.aspx . They have templates for every census from 1810 to 1930.

This download web page says:

"Click on the link and it will download the form for use on your computer. We have found that it is much easier to review your transcribed census records if they have been entered on the computer instead of being written in longhand. Also it makes it easy to share your transcriptions with others researching the same family. Simply include the saved form as an attachment in your emails to others.

"It has come to our attention that many of you are filling in our forms by hand and not using your computer. The reason these forms were designed was to make reading a transcribed form easy and to be able to share it with others. We always provide transcribed census forms for our research clients, which makes a much better presentation than an often very difficult to read copy of the actual report or a handwritten transcription. We advise that you fill in the form using Word on your computer.

"Make sure that you save the original blank form on your computer for future use. Once you have it saved you can open it up in Word and enter your new data.

"We welcome your comments regarding your use of these forms. If you have any suggestions for improvements please do not hesitate to contact us. Please be specific as to which year and the column you are commenting about. You will not be put on a mailing list and your email address will not be given to any third party. Your confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us.

"We suggest using two monitors, one for the Ancestry page and the other for our census form. It is quite easy to set up a 2nd monitor if you are using Windows XP. It can also be done if you use a lap top along with a desk top unit."


As an alternative, you can either split your screen into two windows (one with the census image on it, the other with the MSWord form on it) and transcribe into the MSWord form. This works really well for me, although you do have to scroll the screen occasionally.

After entering data into the blank form, be sure to save it with an appropriate file name and put it in a file folder that you can find on your computer.

If you want to share it with another researcher or family member, you could make it a PDF file using an MSWord to PDF translator like CutePDF or others.

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