United States Census State Censuses

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State censuses were often taken in the years between the federal censuses, such as 1875 or 1892. For some states these exist from about 1825 to 1925. State census records may be found at state archives, state historical societies, state libraries, the Family History Library, or on the Internet.

Copies of many state censuses are on microfilm at the Family History Library. The Family History Library's most complete collections of state censuses are for Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. However censuses exist for the following states also: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of ColumbiaFlorida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. State, colonial, and territorial censuses at the Family History Library are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under "STATE - CENSUS RECORDS"

State, Territorial, and Colonial Censuses[edit | edit source]

Uses[edit | edit source]

State census records may help fill in the gaps in the years between the federal censuses. State census records may have asked different or unusual questions which may give additional information on the family.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

There are fewer indexes for state censuses than for federal censues. Indexes for state census records vary. You may find the following types of indexes:

No index
Surname index
Heads of house and strays index
Every name index
Soundex or Miracode index
Reconstructed index
Town, county, or state index
Multi-volume or multi-year indexes

When indexes exist they are usually mentioned in the same place you find the reference to the state census.

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