CVGS Resources for US Census Records
Census records give important information about your family, such as the names and ages of family members and their relationships to one another, and give the location where they lived on a specific date. A census record may be the only record available for documenting a person’s life events when other records do not exist. A census can extend your pedigree further back and add missing family members. There is a high probability of finding the person for whom you are searching in a census since about 90% of U.S. citizens are listed in the censuses.
Census differences thru the years
1960- Households received enumeration forms in the mail and then mailed them back.
1950- Six persons per sheet were asked extra “Sample” questions. The Bureau of the Census experimented with self-enumeration and household forms in certain Enumeration Districts (EDs) in Michigan and Ohio.
1940- Years of Education -H=High School, C=College
1920 — The year a respondent was naturalized (became a citizen)
1910 — If a man was a veteran of the Civil War
1900 — The number of children a woman had given birth to
1880 — Asked for relationships of household members and for parents’ birthplaces
1870 — Asked if an individual’s parents were born outside the U.S., the individual had been born or married within the year.
1850 – The first census to list all the names in a household, plus age, gender, race, and birthplace.
FamilySearch Wiki US Census Records Class Handout: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/U._S._Census_Records_Class_Handout
FamilySearch Wiki US Census Records: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_Census
RootsWeb/Ancestry Wiki US Census Records: https://wiki.rootsweb.com/wiki/index.php/Category:U.S._Census_and_Voter_Lists
Ancestry US Census Records: https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/usfedcen/
Cyndi’s List – United States – US Census Records: https://www.cyndislist.com/us/census/
Four free CENSUS downloads from Ancestry: https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Free-Research-Guides
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