More than 500,000 temporary or part-time jobs, side jobs — so-called gigs — will be available as the U.S. Census Bureau makes plans to conduct the 2020 census next year.

“As of March 4, more than 170,000 recruits had already completed job applications to qualify for temporary census jobs and more than 800 had been hired.” Instead of forms and paper documents, this census will be done on the phone and make use of the latest technology.

Job applications can even be submitted online. Read details of this “high-tech” census (including a link to job specifics and an application) at Note that persons who speak a second language are especially sought.

It has been estimated that the U.S. population as of Jan. 1, 2019, was 328,231,337, an increase of 6.31 percent since the 2010 census was taken on April 1, 2010.

State newsletter

The most recent issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) Newsletter (Vol. 40, No. 4, July/August 2019) is now available, free, at

Laura Marshall Kovarik, ISGS president, has listed some new items approved by the Governing Board “to improve our member experience” including The Master Index Project (MIP) — a single database of all ISGS resources.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2019 Fall Genealogy Conference Oct. 25-26 at the Chicago Marriott in Naperville. Visit the society’s homepage at for links to genealogical activities around the state.

Dating old photographs

Old photographs that need to be labeled can be quite a challenge. Sometimes knowing the date the photo was taken can provide the clue to aid in its identification.

If the photo was taken by a professional photographer, and thus labeled with a name and address, a website that can be helpful is Langdon’s List of 19th and Early 20th Century Photographers, at The list provides information about photographers active in the US from 1844 to 1950 including address/es, year and source (city directory, business directory, classified advertising, tax list, census, etc.)

For example, photographer Henry M. Bowman was at 64½ N. Illinois in Indianapolis in 1877; 138 W. Washington, Indianapolis in 1879; 137 W. Washington, Indianapolis in 1880; and 20 Miller’s blk, Indianapolis in 1884. Hopefully one of those addresses is on the photo itself. If so, the year the photo was taken can be approximated.

This website is a work in progress. Check back for updates.

Flag holders hold clues

BillionGraves has posted a most interesting & informative article, Military Flag Holders at the Cemetery, at

This article includes information on America’s wars and the flag holders for each war, their composition, eligibility requirements for a military flag holder, and the clues they provide.

A genealogy tip: “Many of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) flag holders have lodge numbers on them. These lodge numbers are also recorded at the Library of Congress along with the soldier’s names and the location of their home posts.” (GAR link provided.)

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing

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