The 1850 census was the first census to give the name, sex, color, age, occupation and birthplace of each free member of the household.
When writing to a relative for information, make specific requests. Don't ramble! Offer to share your information.
Organize from the beginning in a system that suits your needs... but in which you can quickly and easily find information when you want it.
Make a list of all living relatives after you complete your personal genealogy. Interview each of them. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy, but do not delay; relatives have a nasty habit of dying before being interviewed.
FEDERAL Land States were created from public domain, land the United States bought or acquired. The land was divided into territories as it became populated. Survey is done according to the rectangular system.