Puerto Rico Census
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- The Federal Population Census is an inventory of everyone living in the United States and its territories.
- A census is a count and description of the population of a country, state, county, or city for a given date.
- A census took a "snapshot" of a family on a certain day.
The Treaty of Paris (1898) ceded Puerto Rico to the United States (from Spain). Only U.S. Military and Naval Forces were included in the 1900 census of Puerto Rico. However, civilians have been included ever since then.
To find ancestors living in Puerto Rico in 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 search the US Census online databases as if you were searching in an American state.
These links will help you learn the information available in each census:
- US Census Headings 1870-1930
- US Census Headings 1940
- What You'll Learn in the Census Year by Year Ancestry.com ($) Comparison table of census headings
U.S. Federal population schedules and indexes
Online Puerto Rico census indexes and images
|Online U.S. Federal Population Schedules for Puerto Rico|
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Available on Microfilm
1900. For a Soundex index on microfilm for Puerto Rico, see the U.S. Military and Naval, 1900 Federal Census: Soundex and Population Schedules. For a microfilm of the U.S. military population schedules, see FHL film 1249702.
1910. For 28 microfilms of the population schedules in Puerto Rico, see Puerto Rico, 1910 Federal Census: Population Schedules.
1920. For a Soundex index and populations schedules on microfilm, see Puerto Rico, 1920 Federal Census: Soundex and Population Schedules.
1930. For 30 microfilms of the population schedules, see Puerto Rico, 1930 Federal Census: Population Schedules; NARA microfilm publication T626.
Sources and Footnotes
- HistoricalRecords, a rapidly expanding set of free online indexes and document images, including many United States federal and state censuses; part of FamilySearch.
- HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
- Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.