• Dave Miller

It's Census time! How much do you know about the U.S. Census?

We recently celebrated Census Day across the U.S. where households completed census questions about their households. Many of you have had an opportunity to work on your family history during this time where we are looking for things to do at home. Have you used the Census records in your research? Do you know that much about the Census? The U.S. Census can open up many doors in your family research! Do you know how far back the Census records go in our history?

The U.S. Census started with the population census in 1790 and is conducted every 10 years. The first series of census records mainly had the names of the head of each household and usually the number of people in the household based on the number of males and females.

The 1850 Census was the first time that the name of every member of the household was listed along with their age and their places of birth and occupation. The census also asked the value of real estate owned.

The 1900 Census contained even more information including the month of birth for every individual within the household, the year of immigration and whether that person was naturalized. The most recent census available to the public is the 1940 census. That census was conducted just before the start of World War Two. Each page has a supplementary section where two people are asked additional questions about the mother tongue or native language for that person, what their usual occupation was at the time of the census, and whether they had a social security number. Remember, social security had only begun about six years prior to that census.

Many of the 20th century census records asked questions such as the highest grade achieved in school, how many children the women had at the time of the census and how many were still living. The United State have also gathered other types of information in addition to just the population census. This included agriculture, mortality, business and manufacturing schedules.

The 1890 Census also had a veterans schedule for Civil War veterans. Those questions asked whether the veteran was collecting the veteran's pension or if the widow was collecting the pension. It also asked what rank, company and regiment or on which vessel the veteran served during the Civil War. It even asks the dates of enlistment and discharge for each veteran. Unfortunately, most of the population schedule from the 1890 census was destroyed during the Department of Commerce fire in 1921. There are still some fragments of the population schedule that remain in existence.

There is a seventy two year restriction on each census. The next population census that will become public is the 1950 Census. That will occur in 2022. This most recent 2020 Census won't become available to the public until 2092.

A number of other countries also have census records that contain similar information. The U.S. Census contains a wealth of information for the family historian especially those searching for their ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. The U.S. Census should be one of the first records any researched should checkout when starting their family ancestry. Finding your ancestor in the census can help you identify where they lived at that time, if they had immigrated to the U.S., what they did for a living and identify other family members. This can lead you to other records in your research

Census records are available on many genealogy websites including Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org. The 1940 Census is free to search and can also be found on the National Archives web site: Archives.gov. You can also find more information on each census schedule including charts and forms on Archives.gov.

11 views

Privacy Statement: 

"The Ancestor Guy" is hosted on the Wix.com platform:

Wix.com provides us with the online platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall. All direct payment gateways offered by Wix.com and used by our company adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.

We also use Visitor Analytics:

Visitor Analytics is a simple website analytics service which measures the traffic and visitors' general details of the customers' websites. Collecting these statistics, a website can make their visitors' experience better (e.g. which pages they visit and when, where they are approximately located, where does a user land first or if they are coming from a specific referral).

Basically, as a website owner using Visitor Analytics, we are using cookies to collect data about visitors' device type and screen size, approximate location, browser, OS, IPs, page visits, bounce rate, conversions and popular content on the website. All this data is pseudonymized and Visitor Analytics will never use the collected data to identify individual users or to match it with additional information on an individual user. Each visitor has control over the cookies placement.

How to Control Cookies:

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish by checking your browser settings on each device - for details, see aboutcookies.org. For further information, please check Visitor Analytics’ Terms Of Use and Cookies information.

 

Privacy Policy Changes:

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it. If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, you are invited to contact us at info@theancestorguy.com or send us mail to: davewiroots@gmail.com.

© 2020 The Ancestor Guy LLC.