Sunday, June 22, 2014

Census Sunday - John Ralph Austin Family - 1925 New York State Census

The 1925 New York State Census, the last year this census was taken in New York, shows my great-grandfather John Ralph Austin living with his wife Therese, age 28 and son Alfred, age 9 at 158 East 184th Street, Bronx, New York.

Source: 1925 New York State Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, Bronx, Block 2, Election District 30, Assembly District 8, p. 9 (penned), as of 1 June 1925, house no 158, East 184th Street, John R AUSTIN: digital images, Ancestry ( accessed 21 June 2014); from New York State Archives.

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1 comment:

Steve said...

Another resource that has just "opened up" in a big way is genealogy books in ebook format.

Amazon recently introduced its Kindle Unlimited program, which allows you to borrow and read as many Kindle ebooks as you like, for $9.95 a month. I wonder if genealogists

have grasped what a godsend KU may be. Here's why:

In the genealogy section of the Kindle ebook store on Amazon, along with the how-to-climb-your-family-tree books, there's a huge number of reference and raw-data

collections, from histories of specific families to ships' records, newspaper abstracts, etc. The problem with such books in the past has been that you didn't know until after you

purchased one (whether a print or a digital copy) if it contained information relevant to your own research.

With Kindle Unlimited, this pig-in-a-poke problem vanishes.

Here's what you could do to further your research without gambling on books that may or may not have anything of use in them (to you). With a Kindle Unlimited subscription,

you could borrow ten genealogy ebooks (the maximum allowed at one time). Then you could flip through them, or use your Kindle device's search feature, to find any

information of use to you. If you don't find anything, then you can simply return them and borrow ten more.

I know that these days, there are tons of information for ancestor hunters available for free or for a subscription fee at the dedicated genealogy websites such as

But there's still a lot of data locked up in various small-press books and books by individuals writing their own family's story. Kindle Unlimited gives us genealogists a virtually

cost-free way to unlock those books -- at least the ones that have been committed to ebook format (and you might be surprised how many there are).

By the way, you don't even need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. You can download a free Kindle reading app for your smartphone or laptop that will do the trick. (Also

BTW, I do NOT work for Amazon.)