- 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.”
- Search all of your ancestor’s siblings
- Census closest to death can yield many records
- Search every census taken during a person’s life
- Study the ages of all family members in each census