U.S. Census Records: Tips, Resources & Online Records

Clues in Census Records Online Census Records (USA)
  • View and Search US Federal Census Records 1790-1940 Online (requires payment)
    Ancestry has digitized the U.S. Federal census records from 1790 to 1940 and they are indexed online. A subscription includes the following indexes and digitized images of the census records (from the National Archives microfilm)...
    • Surviving 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census Records (most of the 1890 census was destroyed)
    • Small Fragment of the 1890 U.S. Federal Census
    • 1890 Veteran's Schedules (Mostly Union Civil War Veterans or their Widows)
    • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules 1850-1880 (records of deaths in the year prior to the census being taken; coverage varies)
    • 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules of Slave Owners
State Census Records 1930 and 1940 Census Records Free Census Records on the Internet International Census Records Free Blank Census Forms
The 1890 Census
  • 1890 Census Substitutes
    Research guide to help find alternate records around the time of the 1890 census. Includes information about State Census Records, city directories, the 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, and more.
  • 1890 Census an article at NARA that explains the history of the destruction of the 1890 census. Included is a listing of the surviving records.
Where are most American's ancestors from? + Cost of the Census Soundex Information
The US Census records from 1880-1920 (& some states for 1930) are indexed using the Soundex system...
  • What Does Soundex Mean? [on this website]
    Briefly describes the Soundex coding system. Included is a link to Rootsweb's online Soundex converter.