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by Esther March 29, 2020
The 2020 U.S Census is currently underway and households across America are already responding over the internet, by phone, or by paper questionnaire.
To mark this once-a-decade milestone, searching and viewing all of our U.S. census collections is completely free from March 29th until April 5th, 2020.
U.S. Censuses have been taken every ten years since the very first U.S. Census in 1790, after the end of the American Revolution. There have been 22 federal censuses since then.
What can census records reveal about your family?
Census records contain valuable information just waiting to be discovered. They provide a unique view into the lives of your ancestors at the time of the census, making them a basic foundation of family history research.
Each record typically includes details such as the names of household members, ages, places of birth, residence, occupation, immigration, citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more. Some older U.S. censuses recorded religious affiliation as well.
Census records can reveal information about the daily lives of your ancestors that can be added to your family tree. By comparing multiple censuses, you can trace your family over the years, and often from location to location throughout the country.
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