Federal Census Records
History and How to Use Them
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Census Overview - Begin here or the rest of this won't make much sense.
We family historians are always moving backwards in time. For our census research we begin at the 1930 census and move back to the 1920, then to the 1910, etc. But, to really understand the federal census records and to get the most information and use from them, it's best to start with the 1790 census and read them date order.
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