Clues in the census for family research

A genealogy class, “Clues in the Census Records,” will be offered by the Anoka County Historical Society and the Anoka County Genealogical Society Tuesday, May 15, 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Anoka History Center.

The U.S. census has been one of the most valuable resources employed by genealogists and family historians, according to Todd Mahon, historical society executive director.

The release of the 1940 census has ushered in a new sense of excitement among this community, Mahon said.

“The 1940 census marks the first time that questions about education levels, previous marriages and more are alongside the usual questions about age, gender and ethnicity, he said.

Cathi Weber, president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society, will teach the class that covers how to use the census in family research.

She will pay particular attention to the recently released 1940 census.

Participants will learn how to access the census, how to locate individuals in it and more.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call the historical society at 763-421-0600.  The class costs $7 for the general public and $5 for  members of the historical or genealogical societies.

The Anoka County History Center and Library is located at 2135 Third Ave. N. in Anoka.

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