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Genealogy 101: Census Records

June 24, 2013
  • All available federal population schedules (1790-1940) are on Ancestry.
  • Each year has different questions, so always advise people to check as many years as they can.
  • You usually get better results by giving less info.
  • 1900-1930 schedules give immigration/naturalization info (year of immigration, Pa=papers filed, Al=Alien, Na=Naturalized)
  • Starting in 1850, all members of a household are listed by name. Prior to that, only the head of household was listed.
  • Records got considerably more detailed after 1900.
  • 1890 federal census was destroyed in a fire. State censuses can sometimes fill gaps.
  • 1884 MI census asks number of years living in the state. 1894 MI census asks number of years living in the US.