Just a web site I thought some of you fellow Sinclair detectives might find useful. Kristin http://www.doitnow.com/~moravia/census.htmlTitle: On Line Census Data
The Census On line
And other important data bases
While many of these on line documents are faithful transcriptions of an original document, some contain transcription errors and omissions. In a few cases, the transcribers took it upon themselves to improve or correct the original. Use them with caution. The USGENWEB Census Project transcriptions are intended to be exact transcriptions which have been proofread prior to uploading. Most of these on line documents do not meet that exacting criteria. I have no responsibility for the content of the documents linked to from this page.
All references to genweb refer to the USGenWeb project and the state and county associated pages and not to Genweb, an Internet genetics company.
Skip the intro and go right to the index (Not recommended for first time visitors)
The following websites contain mostly segments of the United States and foreign census reports. Some also carry other important on line data bases important to genealogy. Additional links will be added as more volunteer transcribers complete their work and upload it to the different web sites. Right now, very little of the total census is on line. Many counties have no volunteers transcribing. If you really want to see the census on line, consider volunteering. If you would like to volunteer in any way to assist in the census project, point your browser at http://www.usgenweb.org/census/census.htm . Here you will receive the information you need.
By the way, I am not perfect. If I mistyped any of the URLs or they
have moved, please
State and County GenWeb page coordinators, you may feel free to lift at any time as much of the code from this page that is useful to you. I would appreciate a link to my home page if you do, but that is up to you.
When was the first United States Census?
The first Federal Census was in 1790, required to establish representation in the House of Representatives. A census has followed each subsequent ten years.
Prior to the establishment of the Federal Government, the Continental Congress, both during the Revolution and during the Union created by the Articles of Confederation, requested an enumeration of population and buildings for the purposes of setting each state's share of the national direct tax. This resulted in the 1784 census of Virginia being called the First United States Census. The following private email is of interest:
The introduction to the first census statute, passed in May, 1782, might be of interest to you:
" I. WHEREAS congress have recommended it to the several states
" II. Be it therefore enacted, That the court of each county
In Oct. 1782 the Assembly noted that the act was set to expire at
In May 1783 the act was again extended, "until the first day
A new act was passed in May, 1784 -
"I. WHEREAS by the eighth of the articles of confederation and
"II. Be it therefore enacted, That the courts of each county
There are a few counties who have enumerations resulting from the
But there are also a few counties with enumerations resulting from
How to search the on line census pages:
First, While most of these URLs are to complete documents, some are to works in progress. The document may not yet be fully transcribed and uploaded.
Some pages have indexes to tell you where to go in the actual census. A few sites have each name linked to the proper place in the census. Most documents are text documents stored on an ftp site such as rootsweb. These can be downloaded as a text document to your hard disk, then loaded into almost any word processor as a text (ascii) document. They can then be searched using the word processor EDIT menu which will have a FIND function. The few pages posted as html documents can be searched on line with a browser such as Netscape, which has a FIND function in the EDIT menu. Or, they can be saved to your disk as text documents using the SAVE AS function and chosing TEXT. They can then be loaded into a word processor and searched. Do not do this if the page owner has posted a copyright notice and asked that you not to download the entire file. Also, remember, the pages are, under the US Copyright law, copyrighted with or without a copyright notice. You may not simply lift the document and post it yourself to your own page, or distribute it in any way without permission of the page owner.
I cannot make any guarantee of the accuracy of any transcription of any document accessed by these links. Census documents posted to the USGenWeb Archives are proof read by at least one person besides the transcriber. It is also the policy of the USGenWeb Census Project that the census is to be transcribed exactly as it appears on the original without any change. Annotations will be clearly identified. I can give no such guarantee to documents posted to individual pages, including stae and county GenWeb pages that do not appear in the archives. It is your responsibility to decide if it is necessary to check the primary source document for the purposes of your research. That being said, I do have a very high degree of confidence in the overall accuracy of on-line census documents.
Ship Lists are not census documents per se, but they serve a similar purpose in that they can place an individual in a given place at a given time. An increasing number of ship passanger lists are being placed on line and in the USGenWeb archives and I am including those I find on this page. Another source of ship passanger lists is found at http://freespace.virgin.net/alan.tupman/sites/ships.htm where the page owner has placed several score of such lists. While we may have some similar links, I am not copying his links to this page, so it is worth your time to check his page for additional lists.
See also Afro American Census Records on Line (A Websit by B. J. Smothers)
For a more complete and up to date listing of URLs check the USGenWeb archives . This list is provided for your convenience when conditions on the web make navigating USGenWeb difficult or impossible and also contains URLs not included in the USGenWeb Census project. You might also consider checking the emerging WorldGenWeb project from time to time. It is just getting under way. It also has had a bad habit of changing its URL. If you find the link is once again not working, please let me know.
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