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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Census|U.S. Census ]] >  [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]  >  [[Pennsylvania_Census|Census]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] >  [[United States Census|U.S. Census ]] >  [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]  >  [[Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania censuses, [[Pennsylvania Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]]. <br>
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== Availability  ==
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*For a list of the exact date of each federal census, [[Pennsylvania Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]].
  
'''1790-1930--'''The U.S. federal censuses of Pennsylvania are available.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;'''1860 United States Census'''''—A free Internet index and images to the 1860 United States Census can be viewed on the [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1473181 FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site.] This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1860, birthplace, occupation, other family members, whether married or single, and neighbors.''
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=== Online Pennsylvania indexes and images ===
  
'''1870 Philadelphia--'''There were two enumerations for Philadelphia in 1870.&nbsp;'''&nbsp;'''
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{{Census Online Pennsylvania}}
  
'''1870 United States Census---'''A free internet index and images can be viewed on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1438024 FamilySearch Record Pilot site]. This index includes the full name, age, sex, race, birthplace, occupation, month if born in census year, month if married in census year, birth place of father and mother, if born in a foreign country.
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=== Federal population schedules  ===
  
'''1880 United States Census'''– A Free Internet Index and Images to the US Census can be viewed on the [http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1417683 Family Search Record Pilot – Pilot Site.] This index includes an every name index to population schedules listing inhabitants. It includes the full name, race, sex, age, birth month (if born during the previous year), relationship to head of household, whether married, single or divorced, whether married during the previous year, country or state of birth of each person and his parent’s, occupation and street address and house number.
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==== Microfilm images  ====
  
'''1890 Census--'''The 1890 census was destroyed, but this is available:
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*United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. ''Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War''. (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 338160-277,] Pennsylvania is on films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 338237-50.)]
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==== Indexes: fiche, film, or book  ====
  
'''1900 Federal Census''' - A free Internet index and images to the 1900 United States Census can be viewed on the&nbsp; [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236863911171_679" />]. Important additions to this census are month and year of birth of each household member, number of years married for each married person, number of children born to each mother and the number of those still living, year of immigration, and number of years in the United States.
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For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|click here]]
  
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=== Federal non-population schedules  ===
  
== Historical Background ==
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==== Online indexes and images ====
  
== Indexes  ==
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| bgcolor="#cccccc" align="center" | '''Ancestry Library'''
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| align="center" | [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf BookLink]
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'''1790-1850--'''Statewide indexes are available for the 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses in book and microfiche format.
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==== Microfilm images  ====
  
'''1860-1870--'''The 1860 and 1870 indexes are available in book and compact disc formats. The 1860 book indexes are divided into five sets: East, Central, West, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh (Butler and Allegheny counties). The 1870 indexes are divided into Pennsylvania East, Central, West, and Philadelphia.  
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*United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. ''Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War''. (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 338160-277,] Pennsylvania is on films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=230777&disp=Schedules+enumerating+Union+veterans+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 338237-50.)]
  
'''Soundex--'''Soundex (phonetic) indexes are available for part of the 1880 census and all of the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses.
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==== Indexes: fiche, film, or book  ====
  
'''1910 Philadelphia County--'''Philadelphia County is indexed separately in 1910.  
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For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Pennsylvania, [[Pennsylvania Non-Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|click here]].  
  
'''1850-1870 Pittsburgh and Allegheny City--'''An alphabetical transcript of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City is on microfilm for the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses.
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=== State and colonial censuses ===
  
When indexes are not available or omit a name, you can still look for the name in the census. In large cities it helps to first learn the person's address by searching the city directory for the same year (or the year before and after) as the census. Then look for that address on the original census schedules. If the address is not on the census, as is the case in the earlier censuses, look for the address on a ward map to identify the ward and search every name on the census for that ward.  
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*'''1857''' Chester County only: a list of taxable inhabitants by Township.<ref>Ann S. Lainhart, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/26517040 State Census Records]'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992), no Pennsylvania listing.</ref><ref>Henry J. Dubester, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37244714 State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States]'' (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948), 54.</ref>
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*'''1671''' Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; New Castle County, Delaware, 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>
  
These reference tools help determine which census schedule microfilm and enumeration district to search for specific addresses:
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*Kirkham, E. Kay. ''A Handy Guide to Record- Searching in the Larger Cities of the United States''. Logan, Utah: Everton, 1974. (Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=216818&disp=A+handy+guide+to+record%2Dsearching+in+t%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6010059-60.)] Includes ward maps and street indexes for:
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:Harrisburg 1878<br>
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:Philadelphia 1850-1855, 1860, and 1878<br>
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:Scranton 1878<br>
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:Williamsport 1878. <br>
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''Census Descriptions of Geographic Subdivisions and Enumerations Districts''.<br>
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:1880 Missing Pennsylvania descriptions
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: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 1303026] <br>
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: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 1374010] <br>
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: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 1842717]
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*United States. Bureau of the Census. ''Cross Index to Selected City Streets and Enumeration Districts, 1910 Census. ''Washington, D.C.: National Archives, [1984]. (51 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=232848&disp=Cross+index+to+selected+city+streets+and%20%20&columns=*,0,0 fiche 6331481<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1221760015494_334" />].) Lists street addresses of Erie (after Elizabeth, New Jersey) on fiche 19, Philadelphia on fiche 38-42, and Reading on fiche 43 (after Phoenix, Arizona) with corresponding census enumeration districts.
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*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 available at many Family History Centers.) Pennsylvania census indexes for 1790, 1800, and 1810 are combined on Search 1. A composite mortality schedule index for 1850, 1860, and 1870 is on Search 8. Separate indexes for Pennsylvania 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 are on other searches. <br>
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==== Mortality Schedules  ====
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'''1850-1880--'''Mortality schedules (lists of persons who died in the 12 months prior to the census) were taken with the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses. They are on microfilm at the Family History Library and the National Archives. The originals are at the State Library of Pennsylvania. The 1850 and 1860 schedules have also been published. The 1850, 1860, and 1870 mortality schedules are indexed.
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==== Agriculture Schedules ====
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An important source for potentially valuable historical information about farmers is&nbsp; the Agriculture schedule. These records list the name of the farmer and include details on farm implements, livestock, and crops.
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*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1218735253491_177" />United States, Census Office, Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Pennsylvania; ''Agricultural Schedules, 1850-1880 ''(Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=589398&disp=Nonpopulation+census+schedules+for+Penns%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films 1602240-301]).
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The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has the 1850 Pennsylvania agricultural census online [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=2957&&SortOrder=100&level=5&parentCommID=2604&menuLevel=Level_5&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached=true| 1850 images]. From their home page, [http://www.phmc.state.pa.us| http://www.phmc.state.pa.us] go to Research &gt; Agricultural History Project &gt; Agricultural Census Information.
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The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has the 1880 Pennsylvania agricultural census online [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=2958&&SortOrder=100&level=5&parentCommID=2606&menuLevel=Level_5&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached=true| 1880 images]. From their home page, [http://www.phmc.state.pa.us| http://www.phmc.state.pa.us] go to Research &gt; Agricultural History Project &gt; Agricultural Census Information.
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==== Manufacturers Schedules  ====
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Also potentially helpful is&nbsp;the&nbsp;Manufacturers schedule&nbsp;(on 21 Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=589445&disp=Nonpopulation+census+schedules+for+Penns%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1578849]). These schedules contain the names of owners and details about their business or firm. If an individual is listed in the population census with an occupation involving manufacturing, such as a blacksmith, shoe maker, barrel maker, etc., details about the business or firm may be given in this census.
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*United States, Census Office, Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Pennsylvania; ''Manufacturers Schedules 1850-1880.''
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==== Products of Industry in Pennsylvania  ====
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The Family History Library has&nbsp; the Products of Industry schedule. It gives the name of the corporation, company, or individual producing products with an annual value up to $500; name of the business, manufacturer, or product; capital invested in real and personal estate in the business; raw material used; kind of motive power or machinery; average number of hands employed; wages; and annual product.
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*United States, Census Office, 8th census, 1860, Schedule 5: ''Products of Industry in Pennsylvania, 1860 ''(Famly History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=92658&disp=Schedule+5%3A+Products+of+industry+in+Pe%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films 899751-52]).
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The library also has the Social Statistics schedues, 1850-1870. These&nbsp;censuses give no names, only numbers; the 1880 census gives names of idiots, deaf-mutes, the blind, homeless children, prisoners, paupers, and indigents.
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*United States, Census Office, ''Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Pennsylvania; Social Statistics, 1850-1880 ''(Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=589409&disp=Nonpopulation+census+schedules+for+Penns%20%20&columns=*,0,0 films 1602302]-24).
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== Colonial and State Censuses  ==
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There are no colonial censuses for Pennsylvania. See Pennsylvania Taxation for census-like lists of early residents.
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Septennial censuses (actually tax lists) were taken every seven years, beginning in 1779 and continuing until 1863. Remaining records are at the State Archives. A Guide to Genealogical Sources at the Pennsylvania State Archives&nbsp;has a list of the available censuses and the information they contain. <br>
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== Territorial Censuses  ==
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== Web Sites  ==
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For a list of available and missing Pennsylvania censuses, [[Pennsylvania Censuses Existing and Lost|click here]]. <br>
  
Ancestry:&nbsp; [http://www.ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com]
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=== Why use a census?  ===
  
Heritage Quest Online:&nbsp; [http://www.heritagequestonline.com http://www.heritagequestonline.com]
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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.  
  
Census Online:&nbsp; [http://www.census-online.com/links/PA/ http://www.census-online.com/links/PA/]
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=== More about censuses  ===
  
Genealogy Today:&nbsp; [http://dir.genealogytoday.com/usa/pa/census.html http://dir.genealogytoday.com/usa/pa/census.html]  
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[[United States Census|Click here]] for additional details about how to use censuses, such as:
  
Access Genealogy:&nbsp; [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/census/pennsylvania.htm http://www.accessgenealogy.com/census/pennsylvania.htm]  
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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]]
  
Mortality Schedules:&nbsp; [http://mortalityschedules.com/ http://mortalityschedules.com/]
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=== Sources and footnotes  ===
  
== References  ==
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''[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=Pennsylvania.ASP Pennsylvania Research Outline]. ''Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2006. {{Place|Pennsylvania}}  
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  • 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.

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Microfilm images

  • United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. (Family History Library films 338160-277, Pennsylvania is on films 338237-50.)

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

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

State and colonial censuses

  • 1857 Chester County only: a list of taxable inhabitants by Township.[9][10]
  • 1671 Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; New Castle County, Delaware, and Burlington County, New Jersey.[11]

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Pennsylvania 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 1.2 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 2.2 Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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 4.2 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 5.6 5.7 5.8 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 6.2 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 7.2 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. Philadelphia was enumerated twice in 1870. If an ancestor lived in Philadelphia, compare both enumerations.
  9. Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992), no Pennsylvania listing.
  10. Henry J. Dubester, State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948), 54.
  11. Peter Stebbins Craig, 1671 Census of the Delaware (Philadelphia, Pa.: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1999)[FHL Book 974 X2c 1671].