US Census Genealogy Cheat Sheet

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The US federal census is an important genealogy resource for American ancestors, and one of the first widely availableTaken every 10 years since 1790, the census provides valuable personal information like names, ages, birthplaces, family relationship, jobs, places of residence and more.

Analyzing US census records (especially those from early years) can be daunting, but we have the perfect companion to make your research much easier! The US Census Cheat Sheet contains essential tips, resources, and guides to help you navigating census records. It's your quick guide to keep your family history research on track!

This eight-page download includes:

  • Seven essential tips for searching census records and locating hard-to-find ancestors
  • The official census dates for censuses from 1790 to 1950
  • Why the census might have your ancestor’s name spelled wrong or his age off by a few years
  • The type of information collected about your ancestors during each census
  • Genealogy websites where you can search and view census records online
  • What happened to the 1890 census, and how to get over the resulting research brick walls
  • Glossary of terms and abbreviations found in census records
  • State-by-state listing of censuses with extant records—not just the decennial federalcensus, but also colonial, territorial, state and local censuses
  • Sample census records so you’ll know what to expect as you view your ancestors' census schedules
  • Resource listing of genealogy websites and books to help you locate and understand your ancestors’ census records
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