This resource references people who lived in the United States between 1607 and 1789. These listings were compiled from censuses of early United States territories. This resource gives you some information about the listed individuals and also help you find the original records, which may contain more information.
Data is typically only for the heads of household, because U.S. Censuses taken in 1840 and before only recorded heads of household. Censuses recorded in 1850 and after recorded every individual in the household, but the majority of the names included in this data set are still only the heads of household. This is because a full extraction of the records has never been done — the size of such an extraction would be unwieldy. However, if a household had individuals with different surnames, at least one individual per surname was usually extracted.