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When the census is taken, data about individuals is also recorded. In addition to names; ages, occupations, birthplaces, relationship to the head of the household and other information were also listed, making these records a rich source for historians and genealogists. To ensure privacy, these records are sealed for 72 years. Therefore the latest Census released is the 1940 Census which was released on April 2, 2012. The sources listed below provide online access to the Census records. Census records are also available in microfilm from the National Archives for searching or purchasing.
Initial release of 1940 Census records. Names are not yet indexed so you need to do a search to determine the enumeration district number first and then browse through the ledger for that district.
Census Records (National Archives)
The National Archives has all of the Census records available in microfilm for searching on site or to purchase. This site describes what information you need for a successful search or purchase.
Digitization at the National Archives
While the National Archives does not have the pre-1940 Censuses digitized, this page list those that have been digitized by their Digital Partners and where they can be found.
Genealogy web site sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints ("The Mormons") which includes images of most of the available Census records.
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