CENSUS RECORDS can be accessed by going into each individual surname. You will then
find a census link located at the end of the page.
The first census was taken in 1790
A federal census has been taken every ten years. Some states took state census' in between.
Every 10 years, a new census is made available for public records. The last census opened in 2000 was for the year 1930.
Prior to 1850 only the head of the household was named.
The 1890 census was destroyed by fire. There are few fragments of it that survived.
Census takers were often very poor at spelling. You will find several variations of your ancestors surnames.
In the absence of a family or a parent, neighbors sometimes gave information "to the best of their knowledge".
The age of a person may vary more or less than the standard 10 years between census recordings. Birthdays were not kept
track of as well as they are today.
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Here are some interesting facts to keep in mind when viewing census records: