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Beginners' Corner[edit | edit source]

For a more complete beginning introduction, see U. S. Census Records Class Handout.

Key U.S. Census Indexes and Images Internet Links[edit | edit source]

Value of Censuses[edit | edit source]

A census is a count and description of the population of a country,state, county, or city for a given date. 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[edit | edit source]

Contents by Federal Census Years[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Finding Census Records[edit | edit source]

Censuses in U.S. States
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Censuses in U.S. Territories
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Key Reference Sources[edit | edit source]

  • 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

References[edit | edit source]