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~ Discover your American Genealogy through the U.S. Census ~
. . . After gathering all the information you can from your relatives and from what you already know, the census records are a good place to begin your genealogical research. They will give you a good outline of your family lineage, which you should verify as you go with documentation from public and vital records. They can provide names of family members, ages, location, place of birth, occupation and more. They are primary source documents, which means they were recorded at the time of the event and are considered to be more reliable than a document from a secondary source such as a biography or published family genealogy. You might want to begin with the 1930 census and work your way back. Below is a list of sites which can help you with your census research and recordkeeping.
U.S. Census Search Engine All volunteer site; Many of the censuses have been transcribed, many are still in the process. The rewards are great, however, patience is a must. (Easier searching for Windows users: After you reach the actual census page, click Edit in your toolbar, then click Find (on this page) and enter the surname you are looking for.)
1890 Veterans and Widows Special Census This site also includes the 1883 Pensioners Online, and 1813 Invalid Pensioners.
Ancestor Missing From Census? From the Board for Certification of Genealogists; what to do.
The Poorhouse in the Census How to locate these hard to find residents.
Occupations from Yesteryear Old time occupations, listed on the census, translated into modern terminology.
History of the U.S. Census From the University of Virginia.
1790 to 1840 - 1850 to 1930 Census records information from our National Archives.
The Fate of the 1890 U.S. Census From our National Archives documenting what few records survived.
Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheet Uses any word processing program including Windows Notepad. Great for personal use or to publish an on-line history. Note: For easier editing, follow the author's instructions, but copy and paste the codes to Wordpad (save as "____.doc"), then copy and paste your edited codes to Notepad (save as "____.htm"). For personal use, you may open your saved Notepad files ("____.htm") offline in Internet Explorer, instead of uploading to a web space.
Genealogy Forms Free forms to print and fill in.
The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood - Comprehensive guide on American genealogy and local history research.
The American Census Handbook by Thomas Jay Kemp - Guide to all census indexes including federal, state, county and town records.
A Genealogical and Historical Atlas of the United States of America by E. Kay Kirkham - Contains maps of periods from 1810 to 1909, showing changes in boundaries & county lines. (It is important to know any county line changes for accurate census look ups.)
Items of Interest:
A Consumer Alert from the National Genealogical Society A very important purchase warning on "Coat of Arms" and "Surname Histories".
How to Order Copies from our National Archives Copies are $17.50 each.
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Updated on January 20, 2005
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