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Census Records & Research - Finding Your Ancestors in Census Records

Census resources for genealogy research around the world including research guides, online census records, lookup volunteers, and more.
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Top 10 Search Tips for Census Success
Sometimes finding an ancestor in the census isn't as easy as it should be. Try these census search tips and strategies for help in locating those elusive ancestors.

Genealogy Guide to the U.S. Census
Learn what questions were asked and how to find your ancestors in the US Federal Census. Includes details for each census year, 1790-1930, and links to free online census records, where applicable.

Sources for U.S. Census Records Online
Learn where and how to access U.S. census records online, including digitized census images, plus how to access most of them for free. Also included, are online resources for U.S. special census schedules, such as mortality, agricultural, and slave schedules.

Researching Ancestors in the British Census
Learn how to locate ancestors in the British census, a valuable source for information on individuals who lived in England or Wales after 1841.

Researching Ancestors in the Canadian Census
Learn how to locate ancestors in the Canadian census, a valuable source for information on individuals who lived in Canada since 1666.

Researching Ancestors in the Canadian Census
Learn how to locate ancestors in the Canadian census, a valuable source for information on individuals who lived in Canada since 1666.

Census Research in France
French census records are generally unindexed and don't provide the details that U.S. and British censuses do, however, if you know the town in which your French ancestors lived, French census records can be a great research tool.

Following Census Clues to New Records
Learn how seemingly small clues buried in census records can lead you to new discoveries about your ancestors.

Dawes Rolls - Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes
The Dawes Rolls, also known as the "Final Rolls," are censuses, or lists of individuals who were accepted as eligible for tribal membership in the Five Civilized Tribes - Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole. Learn how to access and use these records online.

Digging Details from Pre-1850 U.S. Census Records
Most genealogists find their eyes glazing over when they encounter the columns and head counts of the pre-1850 census enumerations. When used together, however, these early U.S. census records can often provide important clues to early American families.

Census in Australia
Locations of census information in Australia by Cora Num.

Census Information in the UK
Provided courtesy of GENUKI.

General Don's Militia Survey of 1815
An early census of the Channel Islands.

Getting Into the Norwegian Census
An excellent primer on the Norwegian Census.

Norway Census Database
The Norwegian censuses for 1865, 1875 and 1900 are available for searching online.

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