U.S. Census Research

Use This Search to Access 1960-2010 Census Details

The U.S. Census Age Search for years 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 involves restrictions, guidelines, and even fees – but it all might well be worthwhile if it helps you to fill in more recent blanks in your family tree.

The Complete Guide to U.S. State Census Records by Year

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, many U.S. states conducted their own censuses. These schedules were taken in the space between the decades and are packed with information. In this guide you will find details about what these important documents contain, as well as a full list of every single state census and where you can search them for yourself.

How to Find and Use the Unique, Early U.S. Censuses of 1790 to 1830

In this guide we’re going to learn how to harness one of the most underused genealogical resources of the late 18th and early 19th centuries: the U.S. Censuses of 1790 to 1830. These gems can be a bit daunting with their tick marks and handwritten surnames, but they can contain some very helpful information when used correctly. 

9 Surprising Things About the U.S. Census Every Genealogist Should Know

Despite how valuable census records have become to family history researchers, they were not created for this purpose. For this reason we need to understand everything we can about this go-to resource if we are to walk away with the most accurate data available. Here are 9 census facts that may surprise you.

Were Your Ancestors in the Poor House? Here’s How to Find Out

Back before the days of welfare, food stamps, and long-term disability insurance, people who were unable to support themselves financially sometimes had to live in these places. This article will explain what poor houses and poor farms were and how to find your ancestors who may have lived there.

This Curious 1880 Census Recorded the Insane, the Sick and the Poor

If you are one of the millions of people who have an ancestor that lived in the Unites States in 1880 and had a physical or mental impairment or illness – or who was homeless, an orphan, an alcoholic, a prisoner, who was living in an institution or poor house, or who received government assistance – you’ll want to know about these often overlooked census schedules.

Mysterious Circled Xs, Cryptic Codes and Other Confusing Details in the 1940 Census Explained

The U.S. Federal Census is, arguably, one of the best record collections in existence when it comes to gathering information about your American ancestors. The standard information – including family relationships, occupations, ages, years of immigration etc- can be extremely valuable to a family historian. Most of this information is very easy to find, as long as you can locate your ancestors in a particular year. But, there are some pieces of information in the census that aren’t easy to understand, or even find.