Category - Census Research

Exploring the 1910 US Federal Census

The 1910 US Federal Census is an invaluable genealogical research tool. Whether you have used it before, or are just getting to it for the first time, it has some hidden gems in it that can add a lot...

Diving Deep into the 1920 Census

If you are a veteran of using the 1920 US federal census or are just using it for the first time, there is hidden information in there that may prove useful to you as a genealogist. Here are some of...

Getting the Most Out of the 1930 US Census

The 1930 census has some hidden gems in it. If you have used it before, or if you are new to it, there is information there that you may miss if you don’t comb the census with a fine-toothed...

Tips for Getting the Most Out of the 1940 Census

Have you used the 1940 census in your family history research? If you have been doing genealogy for a while, you probably have used it many times. Whether you are experienced with it or are new...

The 1900 US Federal Census: A Closer Look

The 1900 US federal census is one of the most beloved and richly detailed of any of the US census records. It provides a treasure trove of valuable information that you can use to fill in some...

A Closer Look at the 1790 US Federal Census

The 1790 US federal census was the first one to be conducted in the brand new United States of America. Just seven years off of the end of the Revolutionary War, this census was an ambitious project...

A Closer Look at the 1800 US Federal Census

The 1800 US federal census was the second of its kind taken in the brand new United States. John Adams was US President at the time, and was only our second one. The Louisiana Purchase hadn’t even...

A Closer Look at the 1810 US Federal Census

The 1810 US federal census is a valuable genealogical document. While it is simpler and more basic than later censuses, it is still a useful and important research tool for those conducting research...

The 1820 US Federal Census — A Closer Look

The 1820 US federal census is the last one to not use pre-printed forms. Because enumerators often drew their own columns, it can sometimes be challenging to interpret the results of this census...

A Closer Look at the 1830 US Federal Census

The 1830 US federal census is a unique snapshot in time, showing us what the country and our relatives looked like at that one moment in time. Despite not recording the names of every family...

A Look at the 1840 US Federal Census

The 1840 US federal census is the sixth one done by the United States, and the first one that has most of the pages still available for use by researchers today. It is a far more valuable research...

A Look at the 1850 US Federal Census

The 1850 US federal census was a historic one in a few important ways. The most important and obvious is that it is the first one to record the names of everyone in a household, not just the head of...

A Look at the 1860 US Federal Census

The 1860 US federal census is the last one taken before the Civil War. It is slightly more descriptive than previous censuses, but not as descriptive as post-Civil War ones. Here are some of the...

An In-Depth Look at the 1870 US Federal Census

The 1870 US federal census is a valuable tool for genealogists looking for their families in America just after the Civil War. It is a census of a few important firsts, as well as one of a...

The 1880 US Federal Census: A Closer Look

The 1880 US census was the first of its kind in several ways. The most important is that it was the first to ask a number of highly detailed questions about each individual person who was enumerated...

European Censuses

Do you have ancestors who lived in Europe and you want to find out more about them? Consider researching European censuses. Here's what you need to know.

5 Substitutions for the 1890 Census

Most of the 1890 U.S. Federal Census was destroyed in a fire in the 1930's. This leaves a large, annoying 20-year gap in census records for genealogists.