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U.S. Census Topics
Non-Population Federal Schedules
U.S. Census Types
Substitute Records
Other records that show where people lived are:

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Key U.S. Census Indexes and Images Internet Links

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Other Helpful U.S. Census Internet Links

Value of Censuses

A census is a count and description of the population of a country,state, county, or city. Census lists are also called “schedules." In the United States a nationwide census has been taken every ten years since 1790. A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to:

Contents of Federal Censuses

Contents by Federal Census Years


after 1940
1910
1870
1840
1810
1940
1900
1860
1830
1800
1930
1890
1850
1820
1790
1920
1880
Blank forms for each U.S. census year

Finding Census Records

Censuses in U.S. States

Censuses in U.S. Territories

Key Reference Sources

  • Map Guide to U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 [1] Shows county boundary changes in each state from 1790 to 1920, and which census areas were lost or still exist.
  • The Census Book: a Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes: with Master Extraction Forms for Federal Census Schedules, 1790-1930 [2] An online edition is at HeritageQuestOnline. Discusses indexes, regular, and non-population schedules.
  • Censuses and Tax Lists [3] Strategies for finding elusive ancestors, and history of indexing.
  • Census Class Video [4]
  • State and Special Census Video [5]
  • Heads of Households Only Video [6]
  • United States Census, 1890 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Things you can do

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References

  1. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987) [FHL Book 973 X2th].
  2. William Dollarhide, The Census Book: a Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes: with Master Extraction Forms for Federal Census Schedules, 1790-1930. (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999)[FHL book 973 X27d].
  3. G. David Dilts, "Censuses and Tax Lists" in Kory L. Meyerink, ed., Printed Sources: a Guide to Published Genealogical Records (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998), 300-52. [FHL Book 016.9293 P96m]
  4. Tiffany Perkins, Tiff's Census Class (27 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, and Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center, 2010.
  5. Gary Toms, State and Special Census Records (36 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, and Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center, 2010.
  6. Angela McComas, Heads of Household Only: Analysis of Pre-1850 Federal Census (19 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, and Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center, 2010.

 

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