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Ordering Census Records


Information contained:

Information found in U.S. Censuses varies from year to year. For a list of the questions asked in each census from 1790 to 1920, go to:

The National Archives can provide copies of specifically identified pages of Federal population census schedules, ordered by mail, using Form 82

To request Form 82 (limit 6 per order), write to:

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408-0001
Or Email:

Information required for requests:

    • Name of individual listed
    • Page number
    • Census year
    • State and County
    • For the 1880 through 1920 censuses, also include the enumeration district.

This information can frequently be found in census indexes. Check with your local genealogical library for more information or go to:

"The Source" online, Chapter 5, "Research in Census Records," by Loretto D. Szucs
Federal Population Census Indexes and Finding Aids" subscribers can search the AIS Census Index collection, as well as other census indexes (including 1790 census for CT, DE, KY, ME, MD, MA, NH, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT, and VA) online at:
(Scroll down to the pull-down menu for Census Records)

NOTE: The National Archives does not search census indexes, nor do they provide census research service by mail.

Send completed form to:

General Reference Branch (NNRG)
National Archives and Records Administration
7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408

(Do not include payment with the form, you will be billed for the copies. Credit card orders will mailed immediately.)

Alternative Approaches:

Federal population census records, 1790-1920, are available to you for research at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC ( ), and in regional archives located in various parts of the United States ( Furthermore, many public and private libraries and other research institutions have purchased microfilm copies of Federal censuses. Your local library, genealogical, or other research institution may be able to advise you about the availability of census records.


Microfilm copies of Federal censuses, 1790-1920, and indexes to the 1880 and 1900-1920 censuses can be rented through a program operating in local libraries and historical and genealogical societies. For more information, contact your local library.


Microfilm copies of census records may also be available for use at your local LDS family history center. Use the Family History Catalog under United States--Census to find film numbers and order the film.


Microfilm copies of census records are available for purchase. An entire county or enumeration district for a given State or census year may be on one or more rolls of microfilm. For information about the cost of microfilm, write to:

Publication Services Staff (NEPS)
National Archives and Record Administration
7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408

Include in your inquiry the census year, the State, and the county or enumeration district.

NARA's Catalog of Microfilm Publications - Federal Population Censuses is online at:

For help using the catalog:

More information:

"The Source" online, Chapter 5 "Research in Census Records," by Loretto D. Szucs

NARA's "Clues in Census Records, 1850-1920"

Linda Oxford 

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