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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Census|U.S. Census ]] >  [[Kentucky|Kentucky]]  >  [[Kentucky_Census|Census]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Census|U.S. Census ]] >  [[Kentucky|Kentucky]]  >  [[Kentucky Census|Census]]''  
  
=== Existing and lost censuses  ===
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*If at first you don't find a name, try again under [[Spelling Substitution Tables for the United States and Canada|another spelling]].
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*[[Copying Sources|Photocopy]] each ancestor's census. Identify where you found it.
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*Look for an ancestor in '''''every''''' census during her or his lifetime.
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*On the [[Adding a Custom Event to a PAF Family Group Record|family group record]] show&nbsp;each person's census listings.
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*Study&nbsp;others in the same household, neighbors, and anyone with the similar names nearby on the census in [[Research a Family in Community Context|community context]].
  
For a list of available and missing Kentucky censuses, [[Kentucky Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]]. <br>
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'''United States Censuses 1850-1920'''—Free Internet census indexes and images to the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1401638;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1850], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1473181;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1860], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1438024;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1870], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1417683;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1880 (index only)], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1325221 1900], and [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1488411 1920 (partial index only)] can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search. These indexes show every name listed on the census, and except for 1880 and 1920, are also linked to census images including information about each person’s residence, age, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.  
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*For a list of the exact date of each federal census, [[Kentucky Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]].
  
'''1810-1930--'''Kentucky censuses are available on microfilm.
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'''1790--'''Kentucky census was destroyed.
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=== Online Kentucky indexes and images  ===
  
'''1800--'''Kentucky census was destroyed.
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{{Census Online Kentucky}}
  
'''1890--'''Census was&nbsp;destroyed. The 1890 Union veterans schedule and index for most of the state is available.
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=== Federal population schedules  ===
  
'''1790 and 1800--'''Tax lists have been indexed and published as substitutes for the censuses.&nbsp;
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==== Microfilm images  ====
  
'''Missing Data''':<br>'''1880'''--Kentucky = Crittenden County is missing about 1,500 people.
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== Historical Background ==
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==== Indexes: fiche, film, or book ====
  
'''1772--'''Fincastle County was formed from Botetourt County, Virginia. It included all of the present state of Kentucky and small portions of Virginia and West Virginia.
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For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Kentucky, [[Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|click here]]
  
'''1774--'''Harrodsburg was established as the first permanent settlement in Kentucky.&nbsp; Settlements at Boonesboro, St. Asaph, and Danville soon followed.&nbsp; Early settlers received land warrants for their participation in the French and Indian war.
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=== Federal non-population schedules  ===
  
'''1776--'''Kentucky County was created from Fincastle County, Virginia.&nbsp; It included the eastern part of present-day Kentucky.
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==== Online indexes and images  ====
  
'''1792--'''The Commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted to the Union as the 15th state.
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'''1803--'''Migration through Kentucky, as well as settlement there, increased after the Louisiana Purchase.  
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| bgcolor="#ff9900" align="center" colspan="11" | <font size="+1">'''Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Kentucky'''</font>
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" colspan="3" | '''Free'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Census Bureau'''
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| bgcolor="#ff9966" align="center" | '''Google Book'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Heritage Quest'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry FHL'''
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry Library'''
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| '''1890'''
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| width="20%" | Veterans
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| '''1880'''
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| '''1860'''
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| Slave owner
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| align="center" | [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/census/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bcensus%3B8457527%3B-1%3B8%3B18&searchtype=3&offset=1&locthreadid=4479091&hitcount=5479 Link]<ref name="HQSlave">HeritageQuest has slave owner schedule images only.</ref>
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| '''1850'''
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| Slave owner
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| align="center" | [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/census/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bcensus%3B12159696%3B-1%3B7%3B18&searchtype=3&offset=1&locthreadid=8194799&hitcount=4245 Link]<ref name="HQSlave" />
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| '''1850'''
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| Mortality
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| '''1840'''
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| Pensioners
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| align="center" | [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf BookLink]
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| align="center" | [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&dq=1840+census+pensioners&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=W0XUmfgahX&sig=WRyMIVwiePLwKmlxhbchJl1ZeeA&hl=en&ei=SJ0MSvSrBqOMtgf19I2FCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10#PPA61,M1 BookLink]
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== Indexes ==
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==== Microfilm images ====
  
'''United States Census Indexes 1850-1920'''—Free Internet census indexes to the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1401638;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1850], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1473181;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1860], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1438024;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1870], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1417683;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1880], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1325221 1900], and [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1488411 1920 (partial index only)] can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search.  
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*'''1890 Veterans''' United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. ''Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War.'' National Archives Microfilm Publications, M0123. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1948. (On 118 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films, beginning with 338160]). Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films for Kentucky are 338160–2.] Each schedule may contain the following information: the veteran’s name (or if he did not survive, the names of both the widow and her deceased husband); rank; company; regiment or vessel; date of enlistment and discharge; length of service in years, months, and days; post office and address; and disabilities incurred. The schedule also contains remarks necessary for a complete statement of his term of service. Many Confederate veterans were accidentally enumerated.
  
'''1810-1870--'''Statewide surname indexes for the censuses have been published.
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==== Indexes: fiche, film, or book  ====
  
'''1880-1930--'''There is a SOUNDEX (phonetic) index on microfilm.  
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For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Kentucky, [[Kentucky Non-Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|click here]].  
  
Separate indexes of many Kentucky counties are available for the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses.
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=== State, territorial, and colonial censuses ===
  
*Jackson, Ronald Vern. ''AIS Microfiche Indexes of U.S. Census and Other Records''. Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1984. (No Family History Library fiche number, but it is available on microfiche at many Family History Centers.) Census indexes for 1790, 1800, and 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 are on searches 1 through 5. There is a composite index for the mortality schedules of 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 on search 8. For further instructions, see A I S Indexes to U. S. Censuses 1607-1906 (30970).
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Many counties took school censuses at various times '''between 1888 and 1932''' (mostly 1895 to 1910). These list every person in the household. As of June 1999 the Family History Library had copies of school censuses from 18 counties, such as:  
 
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Reference tools that help determine which census schedule and enumeration district to search for a specific address include:
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*''Census Descriptions and Geographical Subdivisions and Enumeration Districts''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, T1224 and T1210. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1977–1978. These describe the boundaries of the area covered by each census taker. The films for Kentucky are:
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1880 --Family History Library&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=464749&disp=Census+descriptions+of+geographic+subdiv%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 1402860] <br>1900-- Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=59389&disp=Census+enumeration+district+descriptions%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 1303022] <br>1910-- Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=297379&disp=Census+descriptions+of+geographic+subdiv%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 1374004] <br>1920 --Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=622083&disp=Census+descriptions+of+geographic+subdiv%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 1842707]<br>1930-- Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1037259&disp=Census+descriptions+of+geographic+subdiv%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 2261283]
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<br>Maps are good tools to use with censuses because of the many boundary changes over the years. A publication that shows county boundary changes during census years in Kentucky is:
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*Thorndale,William and William Dollarhide ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920.&nbsp;''Baltimore, [Kentucky]:&nbsp;Genealogical Publishing,&nbsp;1987.&nbsp;
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== Special Censuses  ==
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==== Mortality Schedules  ====
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'''1850-1880--'''The Kentucky State Archives has mortality schedules, which list persons who died during the 12 months before the federal censuses were taken. In addition to providing the same information about the deceased person that the regular census schedules provided for the living, mortality schedules also state the month of death, cause of death, and the number of days ill.
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'''1850 United States Census Mortality Schedules'''—A free Internet index and images to the 1850 United States Census Mortality Schedules can be viewed on the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1420441 FamilySearch Record Search - Pilot Site]. Mortality schedules provided nationwide death statistics for the twelve months&nbsp;prior to the 1850 census.&nbsp; Key genealogical facts found on the 1850 mortality&nbsp;schedule are: Name, age, sex, color, married or widowed, birthplace, month of death, occupation, cause of death.
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The Family History Library has copies of the schedules:
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*United States. Bureau of the Census. ''Federal Mortality Census Schedules and Related Indexes: Kentucky, 1850; 1860; 1870; 1880. ''National Archives Microfilm Publications, T0655. Washington, DC: National Archives and Record Service, 1962. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=422419 films 422419–27].)&nbsp;
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==== Slave Schedules  ====
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1850-1860--Slave schedules list the names of slave owners but do not normally list the names of the slaves. The numbers of slaves, their sex, and their age ranges are given. <br>
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'''1850 United States Census Slave Schedules'''—A free Internet index and images to the 1850 United States Census Slave Schedules can be viewed on the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1420440;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site] listing each '''slave owner's''' name and residence. It also shows the age, gender, and color of the slaves. Slave names are not normally listed.
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==== Veterans Schedules  ====
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'''1840--'''In the federal census a listing was made of the Revolutionary War veterans, giving their ages, their residences, and the names of the heads of the household. The following indexes are available, listing these veterans for all states:
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*''A General Index to a Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service, 1840''. Baltimore, Maryland.: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=899835 fiche 6046771, film 899835].) <br>
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*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service: With Their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census''. Washington DC: Printed by Blair and Rives, 1841. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=282860&disp=A+Census+of+pensioners+for+Revolutionary%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 1064759 item 3].)
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For a list of Kentucky pensioners, see:
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*Minix, Sharroll K. ''1840 Special Federal Census of Kentucky Pensioners of Revolutionary or Military Service''. Salyersville, KY: Magoffin County Historical Society, 1983. The names of the pensioners and heads of the household are listed by county.
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'''1890--'''In the census of Kentucky Union Army veterans of the Civil War, the census enumeration was destroyed for about half of the counties. For the remainder of the census, see:
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*United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. ''Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War.'' National Archives Microfilm Publications, M0123. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1948. (On 118 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films, beginning with 338160]). Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films for Kentucky are 338160–2.] Each schedule may contain the following information: the veteran’s name (or if he did not survive, the names of both the widow and her deceased husband); rank; company; regiment or vessel; date of enlistment and discharge; length of service in years, months, and days; post office and address; and disabilities incurred. The schedule also contains remarks necessary for a complete statement of his term of service. Many Confederate veterans were accidentally enumerated.
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For an index to the 1890 veterans schedules, see:
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*Dilts, Bryan Lee. ''1890 Kentucky Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Index Pub., 1984 (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=44382&disp=1890+Kentucky+census+index+of+Civil+War+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 fiche 6331355]). This does not circulate to Family History Centers. This index contains the name of the veteran or his widow, his county of residence, a supervisor’s district, and an enumeration district number.
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==== School Censuses  ====
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Many counties took school censuses at various times between 1888 and 1932 (mostly 1895 to 1910). These list every person in the household. As of June 1999 the Family History Library had copies of school censuses from 18 counties, such as:  
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*Monroe County Kentucky. Clerk of the County Court. ''School Census, 1893–1903''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=117304&disp=School+census%2C+1893%2D1903%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 589661].) This school census lists the children’s name, age, sex, and parents’ names.
 
*Monroe County Kentucky. Clerk of the County Court. ''School Census, 1893–1903''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=117304&disp=School+census%2C+1893%2D1903%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 589661].) This school census lists the children’s name, age, sex, and parents’ names.
  
== Territorial and State Censuses  ==
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'''1819--'''Kentucky took a state census for '''Boone''', '''Campbell''', and '''Kenton''' Counties.  
 
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'''1787--'''Kentucky was enumerated with parts of Virginia and West Virginia.  
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'''1795--'''Kentucky took a state census.  
 
'''1795--'''Kentucky took a state census.  
  
'''1819--'''Kentucky took a state census for '''Boone''', '''Campbell''', and '''Kenton''' Counties.  
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'''1787--'''Kentucky was enumerated with parts of Virginia and West Virginia.  
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Existing and lost censuses ===
  
[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=allCollections;r=0 FamilySearch Record Search] has free census indexes and images for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1900; but indexes only for 1880, and 1920.  
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For a list of available and missing Kentucky censuses, [[Kentucky Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]]. <br>
  
[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry]
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=== Why use a census?  ===
  
[http://www.heritagequestonline.com Heritage Quest Online]
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A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.  
  
[http://www.census-online.com/links/KY/ Census Online]
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=== More about censuses  ===
  
[http://dir.genealogytoday.com/usa/ky/census.html Genealogy Today]  
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[[United States Census|Click here]] for additional details about how to use censuses, such as:
  
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/census/kentucky.htm Access Genealogy]  
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:*[[United States Census Searching|index searching tips]]
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:*[[United States Census Analyzing Census Data|analyzing and using what you find]]
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:*[[United States Census Accuracy|census accuracy]]
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:*[[United States Census Historical Background|historical background]]
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:*[[United States Census#Contents_of_Federal_Censuses|contents of various census years and types]]
  
[http://www.censusfinder.com/kentucky.htm Census Finder: Kentucky]
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=== Sources and footnotes  ===
  
== References<br> ==
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{{reflist}}
  
*''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=Kentucky.ASP Kentucky Research Outline].'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family&nbsp;History Department, 1998, 2000.
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{{Place|Kentucky}} {{stub}}
*1880 Cenus Index CD Manuel.
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  • Look for an ancestor in every census during her or his lifetime.
  • On the family group record show each person's census listings.
  • Study others in the same household, neighbors, and anyone with the similar names nearby on the census in community context.


  • For a list of the exact date of each federal census, click here.

Online Kentucky indexes and images

1880-1840

Online Federal and State Population Schedules of Kentucky 
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Federal population schedules

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Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Kentucky, click here

Federal non-population schedules

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Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Kentucky

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Microfilm images

  • 1890 Veterans United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M0123. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1948. (On 118 Family History Library films, beginning with 338160). Family History Library films for Kentucky are 338160–2. Each schedule may contain the following information: the veteran’s name (or if he did not survive, the names of both the widow and her deceased husband); rank; company; regiment or vessel; date of enlistment and discharge; length of service in years, months, and days; post office and address; and disabilities incurred. The schedule also contains remarks necessary for a complete statement of his term of service. Many Confederate veterans were accidentally enumerated.

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Kentucky, click here.

State, territorial, and colonial censuses

Many counties took school censuses at various times between 1888 and 1932 (mostly 1895 to 1910). These list every person in the household. As of June 1999 the Family History Library had copies of school censuses from 18 counties, such as:

  • Monroe County Kentucky. Clerk of the County Court. School Census, 1893–1903. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. (Family History Library film 589661.) This school census lists the children’s name, age, sex, and parents’ names.

1819--Kentucky took a state census for Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties.

1795--Kentucky took a state census.

1787--Kentucky was enumerated with parts of Virginia and West Virginia.

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Kentucky censuses, click here.

Why use a census?

A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.

More about censuses

Click here for additional details about how to use censuses, such as:

Sources and footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses, including an index of the 1880 federal census of the United States; connected with 1880 census images provided by Ancestry.com, a subscription site.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. 3.0 3.1 HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
  7. 7.0 7.1 FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
  8. 8.0 8.1 HeritageQuest has slave owner schedule images only.