So far we have discussed the United States Census 1790-1840, United States Census 1850-1930, Slave Schedules,State Censuses and Where to find Census Records in your Area. Now we’re going to talk about where to find the census information online.
So far we have discussed the United States Census 1790-1840, United States Census 1850-1930, Slave Schedules and State Censuses. Now we’re going to talk about where to find the census of interest to you.
When it comes to censuses, somewhat lesser known is the fact that many states within the U.S. have taken their own censuses, in differing years from that of the Federal census. These state censuses can be just as valuable as the federal census. They often ask different questions and in the case of the 1890 census which was destroyed in a fire, they can be invaluable in finding out where your ancestors were between 1880 and 1900 as some states took their own censuses in that time span.
A slave schedule refers to a census taken of slaves that lived in the United States. There were only two slave schedules taken, one in the year 1850 and one in 1860.
In a previous post we discussed the United States Census 1790-1840. Today we’ll be taking a look at the 1850-1930 censuses and what they can tell you.
The first official census (after the revolution) conducted in the United States of America was the census of 1790. A national census has been conducted every 10 years since that time. The last one was taken in the year 2000 and the next one is planned for 2010. As stated in an earlier post, the United States of America has enacted a 72 year privacy law, meaning that census information will only be released to the general public 72 years after it was first taken. This means that the 1790 through 1930 censuses are available to the public.