IN THIS CHAPTER
Locating census records online
Using U.S. census schedules
Discovering state, territorial, and special records
Researching non-U.S. census records
Although some people believe that the census is a nuisance every ten years, genealogists and family historians believe it’s one of the most important sources of information. Censuses give us periodic snapshots of the composition of a household and are valuable for filling in the gaps in the lives of our ancestors. For example, if you look at the birth and death places for William Henry Abell (see Chapter 2 for the information that we gathered on him), you would think he lived all his life in Kentucky. By reviewing census records, we discover that he lived a number of places in Kentucky and Illinois.
Not so many years ago, only bits and pieces of transcribed censuses were online. Now, most comprehensive subscription sites contain digitized and indexed census records for the United States. Also, sites are making strides in placing census records for other countries online.
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