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Census Stuff

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GREAT CENSUS TOOL: Check out this tool to use when you transcribe census records

GREAT EXAMPLES on how to use the census to unravel some of the mysteries in your


INDEX TO CIVIL WAR VETS: From the 1840 Census

SOUNDEX CONVERTER: Enter your surname and it spits out the soundex code. Easy, easy, easy.

Or another place to get your SOUNDEX code (they don't bother to tell you, but once you type in your ancestor's name - simply hit the ENTER key to get the code).

USGenWeb PROJECT: A group of volunteers are working hard to transcribe, proof and verify federal censuses. Also found here are some actual images of different federal census. The work is on-going and growing. Drop by for a visit. A 2nd Site

ASI CENSUS INDEXES ON-LINE: Ancestry has added to their "Library" all of ASI's printed indexes for the census years 1790-1870 for all states. There are also some scattered indexes for state census, mortality schedules and others. This is NOT free. It requires a membership fee. Check it out at:

CENSUS LINKS: A fabulous page by Christine Charity with links to all on-line census records. Be sure to bookmark this page. and a new entry by Mark Reed:

ON-LINE CENSUS RECORDS: Not a lot but growing. Also has some other types of searchable records.

CENSUS DATA: Not names, but rather facts such as how many whites, blacks and Indians were listed in a given area in a given year, what kind of churches, etc.

LOOK AT A MAP THAT SHOWS SURNAME DISTRIBUTION: Want to know where your ancestors might have been during a census year. This site lets you enter your family surname, choose a date (tied to the census year) and a map will be displayed that shows the distribution of that surname for the date you entered. Is extremely interesting.

CENSUS FILM ON CDs: Heritage Quest is putting out Census Film on CD's faster than anyone and their prices are reasonable. And Skyway Publications is also offering Census records on CD And Blue Roses Publications And All Census which doesn't have all of the counties or years for every state but their price is right!

CENSUS FILM SCANNED IMAGES ON-LINE: has scanned images of all the census on-line. It is NOT free. Check out Ancestry for prices: However, Heritage Quest has made their scanned images free to libraries (I think the scanned images are better than Ancestry's). You can join the Godfrey Library for a small fee (when it joined it was 35.00 for a year) and access not only the scanned census on-line but several other Heritage Quest data bases from home.


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