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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Census|U.S. Census ]] >  [[Delaware|Delaware]]  >  [[Delaware_Census|Census]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Census|U.S. Census ]] >  [[Delaware|Delaware]]  >  [[Delaware Census|Census]]''  
  
=== Existing and lost censuses  ===
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For a list of available and missing Delaware censuses, [[Delaware Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]].
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== Location  ==
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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.
'''1790 Census --''' The 1790 census for Delaware is missing. A substitute for the 1790 census created from tax lists is:
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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.  
*Devalinger, Leon, Jr. ''Reconstructed 1790 Census of Delaware''. Washington, DC: National Genealogical Society, 1962. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=45637&disp=Reconstructed+1790+census+of+Delaware++ book 975.1 X2d 1790; film 1000156; fiche 6019928].)
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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]].
 
 
'''1800-1930 --''' The federal censuses are available at the Family History Library and online at: [http://www.ancestry.com www.ancestry.com]
 
 
 
'''1800-1810''' -- Portions of the census are missing.
 
 
 
'''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.
 
 
 
'''1890 Census --''' The 1890 census was destroyed.<br>
 
 
 
== Historical Background  ==
 
 
 
'''1776--'''Delaware declared its independence from Britain and created a government separate from Pennsylvania.&nbsp;
 
 
 
'''1787--'''Delaware become the first state.  
 
 
 
== Indexes  ==
 
 
 
'''Statewide indexes''' are available in several forms. Indexes to all censuses that have been released are available on the internet. Many of them are free. Most are also available on microfilm.&nbsp;Indexes include:<br>
 
 
 
'''Online Indexes.'''
 
 
 
*'''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.
 
*'''Ancestry--'''All of the Delaware federal census records are indexed on [[Www.ancestry.com|Ancestry]].
 
  
 
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'''Microfilm Indexes.'''
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*For a list of the exact date of each federal census, [[Delaware Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]].
  
*<span style="display: none;" id="1243436447173S">&nbsp;</span>Soundex indexes are available for the 1880, 1900, 1920, and 1930 censuses. <br>
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'''Book Index.'''
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=== Online Delaware indexes and images  ===
  
Book indexes are available for the 1790 substitute census and censuses taken 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870.One of the indexes for the 1850 census is:
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{{Census Online Delaware}}
  
*Olmstead, Virginia L. ''Index to the 1850 Census of Delaware''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1977. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=130410&disp=Index+to+the+1850+census+of+Delaware%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.1 X22o 1850].) Indexes for the three counties are listed separately. An every-person index is given for each of the counties, with age, birthplace, and the original census sheet number. The New Castle County 1850 census is on two rolls of microfilm with some duplication of page numbers. <br>
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=== Federal population schedules  ===
  
== Special Censuses ==
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==== Microfilm images ====
  
==== Colonial Census  ====
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'''1693--'''A special census was taken of Swedes who were associated with the Swedish Lutheran Church and who were living in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey, and Cecil County, Maryland. The following book contains both the census and an index to it:
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==== Indexes: fiche, film, or book ====
  
*Craig, Peter Stebbins. ''The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware''. Winter Park, Florida: SAG Publications, 1993. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=633634&disp=The+1693+census+of+the+Swedes+on+the+Del%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 973 X4c].) <br>
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For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Delaware, [[Delaware Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|click here]]  
  
==== Mortality Schedules<br> ====
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=== Federal non-population schedules ===
  
'''1850-1880--'''Mortality schedules for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 are at the [http://archives.delaware.gov/ Delaware Public Archives], the [http://www.hsd.org/ Historical Society of Delaware], and on microfilm at the Family History Library.
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==== Online indexes and images  ====
  
'''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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| 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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| align="center" | [http://www.evendon.net/PGHLookups/Census1840M.htm 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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The 1870 and 1880 schedules are indexed in:
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==== Microfilm images  ====
  
*Jackson Ronald Vern. ''Delaware 1870 Mortality Schedule''. Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1981. Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=548484&disp=Delaware+1870+mortality+schedule%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.1 X2j 1870].
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*'''1860 slave owners.''' Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=704564&disp=Delaware%2C+1860+federal+census+%3A+popu++ film 803100] <br>
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*'''1850 slave owners.''' Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=744473&disp=Delaware%2C+1850+federal+census+%3A+popu++ film 442884]
  
*Jackson Ronald Vern. ''Delaware 1880 Mortality Schedule''. Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1981. Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=548487&disp=Delaware+1880+mortality+schedule%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.1 X2j 1880].
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==== Indexes: fiche, film, or book ====
*[http://mortalityschedules.com/ Mortality Schedules 1850-1880]
 
  
==== Slave Schedules<br>  ====
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For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Delaware, [[Delaware Non-Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|click here]].
  
'''1850-1860--'''Slave schedules for 1850 and 1860 list the names of slave owners, but do not normally list the names of the slaves. The numbers of slaves, their gender, and their age ranges are given. The 1850 and 1860 slave schedules are indexed in:
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=== State, territorial, and colonial censuses  ===
  
*Jackson, Ronald Vern. ''Delaware 1850-1860 Slave Schedules''. Salt Lake City: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=429289&disp=Delaware+1850%2F1860+slave+schedules%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.1 X22j].)
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*'''1782''' Population schedules for these [http://delgensoc.org/delhund.html "hundreds"] (townships): Branywine, Christiana, St. George's, Duck Creek, Little Creek, and Lewes Town.<ref>Ann S. Lainhart, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/26517040 State Census Records]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[FHL book 973 X2Lai], 29.</ref> The state census has been reconstructed for the rest of the state from tax lists.
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*'''1693''' A special census was taken of Swedes who were associated with the Swedish Lutheran Church and who were living in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey, and Cecil County, Maryland. The census and an index to it are in Craig, Peter Stebbins. ''The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware''. Winter Park, Florida: SAG Publications, 1993. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=633634&disp=The+1693+census+of+the+Swedes+on+the+Del%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 973 X4c].) <br>
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*'''1671''' New Castle County, Delaware; Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington County, New Jersey.<ref>Peter Stebbins Craig, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/43441025 1671 Census of the Delaware]'' (Philadelphia, Pa.: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1999)[FHL Book 974 X2c 1671].</ref>
  
For census slave schedules see:
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=== Existing and lost censuses  ===
  
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1216412920035_505" />1850 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=744473&disp=Delaware%2C+1850+federal+census+%3A+popu++ film 442884]  
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For a list of available and missing Delaware censuses, [[Delaware Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]]. <br>  
*1860 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=704564&disp=Delaware%2C+1860+federal+census+%3A+popu++ film 803100] <br>
 
  
'''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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=== Why use a census?  ===
  
== State Censuses  ==
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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.
  
'''1782 Delaware State Census--'''A 1782 state census exists for seven of the [http://delgensoc.org/delhund.html "hundreds"] (townships). The state census has been reconstructed for the rest of the state from tax lists.
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=== More about censuses  ===
  
== Web Sites  ==
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[[United States Census|Click here]] for additional details about how to use censuses, such as:
  
[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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:*[[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]]
  
Ancestry:&nbsp; [http://www.ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com]
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=== Sources and footnotes  ===
  
Heritage Quest Online:&nbsp; [http://www.heritagequestonline.com http://www.heritagequestonline.com]
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{{reflist}}
 
 
Census Online:&nbsp; [http://www.census-online.com/links/DE/ http://www.census-online.com/links/DE/]
 
 
 
Genealogy Today:&nbsp; [http://dir.genealogytoday.com/usa/de/census.html http://dir.genealogytoday.com/usa/de/census.html]
 
 
 
Access Genealogy:&nbsp; [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/census/delaware.htm http://www.accessgenealogy.com/census/delaware.htm]
 
 
 
Mortality Schedules:&nbsp; [http://mortalityschedules.com/ http://mortalityschedules.com/<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1217363477818_395" />]
 
  
== Sources  ==
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{{Place|Delaware}} {{stub}}  
 
 
{{reflist}}  
 
  
 
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Online Delaware indexes and images

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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 Delaware, click here

Federal non-population schedules

Online indexes and images

Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Delaware

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Microfilm images

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

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

State, territorial, and colonial censuses

  • 1782 Population schedules for these "hundreds" (townships): Branywine, Christiana, St. George's, Duck Creek, Little Creek, and Lewes Town.[9] The state census has been reconstructed for the rest of the state from tax lists.
  • 1693 A special census was taken of Swedes who were associated with the Swedish Lutheran Church and who were living in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey, and Cecil County, Maryland. The census and an index to it are in Craig, Peter Stebbins. The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware. Winter Park, Florida: SAG Publications, 1993. (Family History Library book 973 X4c.)
  • 1671 New Castle County, Delaware; Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington County, New Jersey.[10]

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Delaware 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

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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.
  9. Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[FHL book 973 X2Lai], 29.
  10. Peter Stebbins Craig, 1671 Census of the Delaware (Philadelphia, Pa.: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1999)[FHL Book 974 X2c 1671].