Genealogy census tip: Search the state census

StatesBy Barry J. Ewell
State censuses were conducted by states in off years in between the Federal census. Every state was in charge of whether and when they would conduct a census.

  • State censuses were conducted by states in off years in between the Federal census such as in 1845, 1855, 1865. It really varies by state.
  • These censuses usually contain the same type of information as in the Federal as well as additional questions that are unique to that state.
  •  These censuses and are located at the state archive and/or libraries (note: many are online), through microfilm at LDS Family History Centers, online transcripts of counties within a state from historical societies, and online databases such as Ancestry.com.
  • The state census is a snapshot of the family and is value to use construct, confirm, add, and/or delete information from the family profile you are building.  For example, I have found children that were born and died in between the federal census. Confirmed deaths of wife’s, husbands and grandparents.
  • See the articles: “Availability of state census records post-1850” and/or “Availability of 1850-1940 U.S. Federal and state census records.”

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