Get a FREE Guide To Getting Started With U.S. Federal Census Records

The U.S. Federal Census may be the first record a family historian looks at for their 19th- and 20th-century ancestors. To get the most out of this resource, it’s important to understand the record’s context, search tips, and shortcomings. This guide aims to provide you with a basic understanding of why censuses were created, what information they contain, how the information was provided, and how to access these important resources.



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American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, We are the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

We are a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.