United States Census Church
Directories of churches, religious bodies, and religious organizations should also be consulted.
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 time, 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
- Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Wright, Matthew. Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. (Orem, Utah: 2001 Ancestry) FHL Book 973 X27s.