The United States has conducted federal and state censuses since 1790, with the most recent being the 1940 census. These records are available through the National Archives Website
, as well as through public libraries.
Census records typically contain information about the population, such as age, gender, and occupation.
The records are protected by the 72-year rule, which prevents them from becoming available to the public until 72 years after the census was taken.
To access census records, individuals must complete a form BC-600.
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Federal Census records have been digitized by several of NARA's partners, and will eventually be available as well through the National Archives Catalog.
Click on a Census year to start your search. Tip: Begin with the most current census year and work backwards to find people in earlier generations
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Individuals interested in requesting a search of their personal census records must complete a form BC-600 [PDF 142k], Application for Search of Census Records (form BC-600sp [PDF - 156k], Solicitud Para Busqueda De Registros Censales).
The National Archives released the 1940 population census records on April 2, 2012
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Visit the National Archives Website to access 1940 and 1950 Census records. Many public libraries also allow their patrons free access to genealogy Websites that have databases of the digitized 1790 to 1950 censuses records.
Does the U.S. Census Bureau have census records online?
Visit NARA's Census Records Web site to learn more about the availability of microfilmed and digital census records for genealogical research.
Several online subscription services provide access to digital copies of these publicly available records.
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