Free Census Records – How and What?

If you want to access census records for free, you should head to you local public library. Larger public libraries will have access to both paid databases, via the computer, and to microfilm records.

If you want to access census records for free, you should head to you local public library. Larger public libraries will have access to both paid databases, via the computer, and to microfilm records. And some library systems will allow you to access to the online database from home once you are a member of the library (library membership is free). in any case, you can choose to access the census records through the databases or the traditional method of reading microfilm.

What years can you pull up a census record for an ancestor?

1930189018501810
1920188018401800
1910187018301790
190018601820

Census records are taken every ten years by the government. however, due to privacy laws, there is a minimum access gap of seventy-two years from the lasts records. The 1940 census records will be available real soon.

When you first see a census record for whatever year that you have decided to pull, you will recognize that it is written in handwriting. Remember, census workers are paid to walk from door to door to do this. in this process, they write everything down to the best of their ability. this means that handwriting styles, spellings of names, and other human factors come into play. Furthermore, when the records are transferred and interpreted into computer databases, other human errors come into play.

The point is this. if you are doing your research and you see an alternate spelling of a name or some other information that seems to contradict what you know to be correct, remember that census records are not perfect.

What information is on a census record?

The questions and data collected from census to census can vary but the majority will have some if not most of the following core questions:

1) Head of household and his or her information, including sex, race, color, date of birth, age, spouse, employment, education level, place of birth, language ability, and US citizenship status.

2) Number of people in the household, relationship to head of household, including names, sex, race, color, date of birth, age, spouse, employment, education level, place of birth, language ability, and US citizenship status.

3) There is also the recorded information about the residence itself, such as the address, if it’s a home, an apartment, and if is owned or rented. And how long the family has resided at the address.

How are census records helpful?

They serve as an excellent window into the past. through the census, you can get a glimpse at your own history and better understand your heritage and family history.

Free Census Records – How and What?


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