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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took a census in the following years:

1847 (in Pottawatomie, Iowa as part of the 1847 Iowa state census of all residents)
1852, 1856 in Utah
up to 1872 among the colonies along the Mormon Corridor
1914, 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1955, and 1960 wherever church members resided

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 times, 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


  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960, ((Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1962 ) FHL US/CAN Film 25708.

Web Sites



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


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