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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.

1790 Census
1800 Census
1810 Census
1820 Census
1830 Census
1840 Census
1850 Census
1860 Census
1870 Census
1880 Census
1890 Census
1900 Census
1910 Census
1920 Census
1930 Census

State and other Censuses

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