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Census Findings

A Handy Guide to the United States Federal Census Records

Census records were enumerated every 10 years in the United States with the first one being in 1790.  Information about each census year is detailed in this section of Census Finder.  Learn which questions were asked, which states were enumerated and where the census records can be found both online and offline.  We have included some census research tips which might come in handy as you take on the job of discovering your ancestry using census records.  To learn more about a census year, select a year below.

US Census Questions and Information by year:

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These census question pages were designed to provide free census help to genealogy researchers who wish to learn more about their ancestors through the study of census records.


1790-1940 Census Headers / 1790-1940 Census Questions provided courtesy of  http://www.censusfinder.com


Additional Information about census records may be found at familysearch.org - United States Federal Census