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Online Federal Censuses[edit | edit source]

Population Schedules[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1790, federal population schedules were taken every 10 years in the United States. Click here for more information about federal census records.

Rhode Island was the 13th state to ratify the Constitution on 29 May 1790. It was included in all of the federal censuses.

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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Non-Population Schedules for Rhode Island[edit | edit source]

Federal non-population schedules included such things mortality schedules, agriculture schedules, slave schedules, and manufacturing schedules.

Year Type of Census Links
1890 Veterans at FamilySearch
1880 Mortality at Ancestry
1870 Mortality at Ancestry
1860 Mortality at Ancestry
1850 Mortality at Ancestry
1840 Pensioners at Ancestry

Existing and Lost Censuses[edit | edit source]

Online State and Territorial Censuses[edit | edit source]

State censuses are census records that were taken at the state-level rather than at the federal. Often, but not always, a state took their census in ten year increments 5 years from when the Federal Census was taken, such as 1885. State censuses can even serve as substitutes for missing federal censuses. For more information on state censuses, visit United States Census Bureau.

Territorial censuses were taken by the federal government to count the population in federal territories. The government needed to count the population in the territory to see if it could qualify for statehood. For more information on territorial censuses, visit the US Territorial Census page.

Year Type of Census Links
1935 State, all household members at FamilySearch

at Ancestry

1925 state, all household members at FamilySearch

at Ancestry

1915 State, all household members at FamilySearch

at Ancestry

1905 State. all household members at FamilySearch
1885 State, all household members at FamilySearch

at Ancestry

1875 State, all household members at Ancestry
1865 State, all household members at Ancestry
1774 State, head of household at Ancestry

Other Census Images[edit | edit source]

Why Use the Census?[edit | edit source]

State census records can be one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. Information varies based on year and location, but information that may be included in a census can include:

  • Name of each person in the family at the time the census was taken
  • Street or Avenue, or number Rural Free Delivery
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Color
  • Nativity
  • Place of birth of this person
  • Place of birth of Father of this person
  • Place of birth of Mother of this person
  • Period of Residence
  • How long a resident of this State (years and months)
  • How long a resident of this enumeration district (years and months)
  • Regular occupation
  • Military service