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Beginners' Corner[edit | edit source]

  • What are the U.S. census records?
  • What time periods do they cover?
  • What can I find in them?
  • How do I access them?
  • Search strategies
  • For a more complete beginning introduction, see U. S. Census Records Class Handout.

    Value of Censuses[edit | edit source]

    A census is a count and description of the population of a country,state, county, or city for a given date. Census lists are also called “schedules." In the United States a nationwide census has been taken every ten years since 1790. A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to:

  • Follow the family over time
  • Determine family relationships
  • Find clues to other locations where the family lived
  • Show clues for finding other records
  • United States Federal Censuses with Online Links[edit | edit source]

    1790 1800 1810 1820
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    1830 1840 1850 1860
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    1870 1880 1890 1900
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    1910 1920 1930 1940
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    Additional Online Links[edit | edit source]
  • United States Census Online Genealogy Records Internet links by year for FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage
  • AccessGenealogy - United States Census Records
  • CensusRecords.com ($) indexes and images; 1790-1940
  • Fold3 ($) index and images; 1860-1930
  • Internet Archive images 1790-1930
  • My Free Census Find your ancestors in the U.S. census, and International census records
  • U.S. Census Bureau images of published transcriptions of 1790 census for 12 states
  • Nonpopulation Census Records Agriculture, mortality, and social statistics schedules are available for the census years of 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Manufacturing schedules are available for 1820, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Schedules of business are available for 1935 for these industries: advertising agencies, banking and financial institutions, miscellaneous enterprises, motor trucking for hire, public warehousing, and radio broadcasting stations.
  • Census-Online
  • GermanRoots.com
  • Contents of the Censuses[edit | edit source]

    State Census Pages[edit | edit source]

    U. S. Territories[edit | edit source]

    County Copies of Population Schedules[edit | edit source]

    Nonpopulation Census Schedules[edit | edit source]

    Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987) [FHL Book 973 X2th].
    2. William Dollarhide, The Census Book: a Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes: with Master Extraction Forms for Federal Census Schedules, 1790-1930. (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999)[FHL book 973 X27d].
    3. G. David Dilts, "Censuses and Tax Lists" in Kory L. Meyerink, ed., Printed Sources: a Guide to Published Genealogical Records (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998), 300-52. [FHL Book 016.9293 P96m]