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US: Census Records
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This course is designed to give you a better understanding of the history, content, and uses of census records and related material. Much census material is available on computerized databases located in many familiar places; libraries, archives, etc. While those specific locations are not given in the material, many charts are supplied which track which documents are available for particular years, for the various U.S. states. This should be of more use, and enable you to better focus your search for documents and information. We will also review some of the common pitfalls which can derail a genealogical search, and offer tips on how to avoid them.

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Course Content

Module 1
Federal Census 1790-1930 Populations Schedules
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Required Reading
 
Strategies for Using Census Records
• A Census Timeline Form
• Census Worksheet Method
• And Yet Another Possibility
 
A Bit of History About the Census Enumerations
• Colonial Census
• History of Federal Census 1790-2000
• The "As of" Date
 
Census Schedule Availability
• 1790 Census
• Comparing the Schedules
• 1800 Census
• 1810 Census
• 1820 Census
• 1830 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1840 Census
• 1850 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1860 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
 
Slave Population Schedules for 1850-1860
 

Module 2
Federal Census 1790-1930 Populations Schedules Continued
Websites
 
• 1870 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1880 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1890 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1900 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1910 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1920 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1930 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• 1940 Census
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
 
Additional Information
Things to Consider About the Census
 
The Other Population Schedules
• Finding Persons in Military Service
• Hint and Helpful Clues
 
More to Come
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 3
1885 Census and Non-Population Schedules
Websites
 
Census of 1885
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
 
Non-Population Schedules
• Agriculture Schedules 1850-1885
• Manufacture or Products of Industry Schedules 1850-1885
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• Mortality Schedules 1850-1885
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
• Social Statistics Schedule 1850-1885
• 1890 Special Schedule of Union Surviving Soldiers, Soldiers, Sailors and Widows etc.
• Hints and Helpful Ideas
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 4
Indexing and Research Techniques
Websites
Required Reading
 
Census Indexing
• Free Images Online
• Subscription Sites
• HeritageQuest
• Ancestry.com
• Variations Between Census Indexes
 
Government Work: Soundex & Miracode Systems
• So who was included in the Soundex?
• How are the Soundex cards arranged?
 
Published Index Books & Other Resources
• Microfilmed Census Schedules
 
Citing Your Sources
• Scanned or Printed Images
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 5
Colonial, State, Territorial & Native American/Indian Census
Websites
 
Boundary Changes
• Maps and More
 
Non-Federal Censuses
• State Census
• Territorial Census
• Native American/American Indian Census
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 6
Substitute Records
Websites
Required Reading
Tax Lists
Voting Registers
City Directories
More Sources
Conclusion
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
• Books
 
 

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