Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ditto and Lulu

Pat asks:
”What does ‘do’ mean in the place of birth spot on a census? The whole page has nothing but ‘do!’”

“do” is short for ditto which means same as above. If the entire page is dittoed, then you will need to go to the previous page.  Since this is in the space where the place of birth goes, it is most likely going to be the name of the state in which the census was taken.  Many people were born in the state where they lived.  It could also be a lazy census taker that didn’t bother to ask but rather just put the same birthplace for everyone.  That is why you shouldn’t rely on a single census record to tell you where a person was born.  As a matter of fact, it is best if you use records from a variety of sources to decide where the person was born.


Mercy asks:
”I would like to publish my family history and have the books available at our family reunion next year.  It is always a hugs gathering with about 200 people.  Do you have any recommendations for a publisher?”

I have never published anything in book form so I don’t have any first hand knowledge but Lulu has been mentioned many times on the Transitional Genealogists Forum and the Association of Professional Genealogists mailing list with positive comments. 


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