United States Census Church

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Directories of churches, religious bodies, and religious organizations should also be consulted.

Historical Background

In many areas, where a church was established and supported by the government, it was the responsibility of the church to enumerate the population.

Churches served both a religious and a social role in many early communities.   Many time, especially in remote areas, the proxmity of a church was more important than what its teachings were.


Content would vary.  You might find:

Head of household listed with domestic animals.
List of all in household, name, age, birth information, relationship.
List of ill, aged, infirm.
List of possessions such as wagons, guns.


Provide relevant information about an ancestor's family and community
Can provide the earliest evidence of ethnic groups in a particular locale
Can help clarify mortality figures


Web Sites



  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Wright, Matthew. Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. (Orem, Utah: 2001 Ancestry) FHL Book 973 X27s.