U.S. Federal Census Guides
by Questions (Information Asked), & by Year
Vicki’s note – thorough, concise guides to what information is on each of the United.States Federal Censuses. Charts are done by the question (information asked for), AND by the Census year – from 1790 – 1940.
This is the Family History Daily article – “The Ultimate Quick Reference Guide to the U.S. Census for Genealogy”. “Thank you to Family History Daily Associate Writer Jessica Grimm for her hard work making this guide possible.“
Click HERE for their full article.
Here are some Brief Reminders from Vicki:
1790 – 1840 The head of household was the only individual listed by name. All other residents were represented by hash marks within ranges of age, and slave/free.
1850 was the first year that all individuals were listed by name rather than just head of household , (Native Americans and slaves excluded).
1880 was the first year to report the relationship of each individual to the head of the household and to specify the place of birth of the individual being enumerated, and also of his/her parents.
1890 was the first year that Enumerators were instructed to add the street name and house numbers.
1920 was the first year that- Individuals were recorded by permanent residence instead of temporary residence (where they worked or visited).
See also other U.S. Federal Census postings on my BLOG –
“Research Roadmap: Enumeration District Maps” Nov 28, 2017 Family Tree Magazine article by