A census is the regular acquisition by national or local governments of information about individuals and populations. Census records are valuable sources of information for family historians and genealogists, as the data collected may give indications about birth-dates and -places and relationships ...

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Correcting mistakes in the 1940 US Federal Census?

My youngest sister born in 1937 is not listed in family household on sheet 7B, ward 1, area E, ED 30-23, resident code 8414, enumerated 19 April 1940. She definitely would have been too young to be ...
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Where was Joseph Brown Lever for 1841 England Census?

In a self-deleted answer to Tracing Hitchcox migration Liverpool-Adelaide in 1854 on ship(s) Constance and/or Antelope? user @GinnyButler mentioned that: On the 1841 census we find Joseph Brown ...
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What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?

In the 1855 New York State Census the household (Residence: Albany City, Ward 6, Albany, New York, USA, Line Number: 12, Sheet Number: 1) of my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars, a Ship Carpenter, ...
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Interpreting relationships to head of household in 1855 New York State Census?

As I delve deeper into the records of my Sillars/Sellars/Sellers ancestors in Albany, New York, USA, I am developing a much better picture of their lives there but numerous questions remain. Here I ...
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What does the term “domestic” mean in a census?

What does the term domestic mean in the 1901 Manitoba census? A girl, age 7, who had been adopted by the family at age 3 is referred to as domestic rather than daughter.
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How to connect digitized images to a map?

This is similar to the earlier question How to index your own digitalized records? but with a twist. One of my places of interest uses a lot and block survey system and has maps available for ...
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What is occupation that looks like “Pre MJ” on 1841 England Census Record from Cornwall, England?

In the screenshot below, I have been unable to decipher the Profession, Trade or Employment of Joseph Green in the 1841 Census at St Clements, Cornwall, England. To me the first word has three ...
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What does 1851 UK Census “Relation to Head of Family” entry that looks like “Depen” mean?

I've run across a curious designation in the "Relation to Head of Family" column of the 1851 Census that I'd like some help figuring out. Following the entries for the parents and their children who ...
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How to identify individual family members / household size on early US Censuses Pre-1830 NY & PA?

In some of 1780 through the 1820 censuses they only seem to list the head of household and some statistics on household size. The NY & PA state censuses provide some more detail for tax purposes ...
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Was William Chichester recorded as Judge in 1841 Census at Dymock, Gloucestershire, England?

The picture below is from the 1841 England Census for my 4th great grand uncle William Chichester. "England and Wales Census, 1841," index, FamilySearch ...
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Where was Mary Ann Harper in the 1881 England census?

As described at Locating an elusive UK birth record (Mary Ann Harper born circa 1865 possibly Dudley, England)? Mary Ann Harper is particularly elusive. Two years before her marriage at age 18 I'd ...
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Were James Smyth Stacy and family in London, Devon or elsewhere for 1841 Census?

My 3rd great grandparents James Smyth Stacy and Elizabeth Mary Murch arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 12 Oct 1849, along with their five children that included my 2nd great grandfather ...
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Where was Matthew Nettell, usually of Illogan, Cornwall, for 1861 Census?

I've mentioned my 2nd great grandfather Matthew Nettell previously in Did uncle of Grace Martin Wills (or perhaps of Matthew Nettell) own the Gosforth? Although I have not yet ordered his birth ...
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Where was Charlotte Hancock, usually of Lewannick, Cornwall, for the 1851 Census?

My 2nd great grandparents Charlotte Hancock and Edward Sleep married on 22 Sep 1853 at Lewannick, Cornwall, England, and two years later they emigrated to South Australia. Charlotte was recorded as ...
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What does “Do” mean in the birthplace field of the 1850 US Census?

I am reviewing a 1850 Census Image for Western Pennsylvania, and under place of birth I see both what looks like a "Pa" and a "Do". I know some of the individuals marked "Do" were born in ...
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What are the office codes on the 1911 Census?

This is a snippet I posted in a related question Children born overseas to British Subjects — what is their citizenship status? I've seen other codes on the 1911 Census forms in red and green ink. ...
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What German provinces were recorded in the 1920 Census?

In the 1920 Census, my husband's great-grandmother and 2-great-grandmother were enumerated with a birthplace Saxony. There is a note next to the birthplace which may be in a different hand that says ...
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Assessing the coverage of various collections

This is perhaps a little more of a meta-question, but it has come to mind repeatedly over the past few weeks. I'll start with a specific example. In this question, I bring up the case of my ...
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What would “F.S.” abbreviation mean on 1841 Census Record for Billin household in Helston, Cornwall?

On the 1841 Census Record for my 3rd great grandparents John Billin and Mary Symons, there is a notation that I am keen to clarify. The record for this family starts at the bottom of one page and ...
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Washington County, Ohio in the 1810 Census

In ancestry.com's "About" section for the 1810 Census, we read the following: Schedules exist for 17 states and District of Columbia, Georgia territory, Mississippi territory, Louisiana territory, ...
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Finding more details in 1851/1861 Scotland Census?

I am relatively inexperienced in using FamilySearch to find Scotland Census records but I suspect the 1851 and 1861 records below may belong to my 4th great grandfather Robert Clacher. My ...
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Average number of people per name?

I hope I'm asking this in the right community. I was just wondering if there are stastistics of "name ambiguity", e.g. how many people share the same full name on average. This would be particularily ...
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What reference materials discuss any “known issues” in the microfilms of 1930 US Federal Census?

I have been unable to locate some of the families I'm researching in the 1930 Census (for one example see my question What are good search techniques for finding people who have moved within the same ...
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How to find address of building in New York State censuses (1870, St Lawrence, USA)?

Is there a way to know what address is dwelling #1847 in the St-Lawrence 1870 census ? ref question : How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?
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Locating a deceased family member?

My Great-Grandfather was born in Letten, Germany (right outside of Munich) in 1887. I have some information on him: He enlisted into the military (at Port Bremerhaven) in 1907 and I believe he ...
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How did US census takers record household information?

I have run into a number of errors in the census where my ancestors and relatives are involved. Most notably my 2nd great-grandmother was recorded twice as Augustus A.-male (once in 1860 and again in ...
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What is a “partner” in the Canadian 1901 census?

I found this record on the canadian census of 1901 http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/results.aspx?k=cnsSurname%3a%22Kutschke%22+AND+cnsGivenName%3a%22Heinrich%22 It lists "William ...
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How would you handle a census record that is almost certainly the target family but which has too many discrepancies?

Anna M. Alischer married Charles John Brockhouse in 1928 and had 3 children (1930, 1934, 1942). In 1930 they were enumerated in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. I think I've identified the ...
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Finding non-resident schedules and absent household schedules for the US Federal Census?

On page 6 of the 1940 Census Enumerator's instructions (page 4 of the printed manual) paragraph 19 reads: Nonresident schedule. -- Members of a household who object to being included in the ...
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US Federal Census citation details and citation text using FTM for Mac

I am working on US Federal Census records and cleaning up my sources. What information needs to go into each section of the citation details and text?
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How do I find a Canadian address that appears to go missing between Censuses?

I'm looking for a record for 426 Clinton Street, Toronto in the 1921 Census. In the 1911 Census this was Toronto West, Ward 5, Sub-District 65. The 400 block is north of Bloor Street, but only south ...
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Transients and New Arrivals in the U.S. 1940 census

I've been trying to find the 1940 census entry of Sara Katharina Guenther, born 05 Jul 1908 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. She had just arrived back in the port of New York NY on ...
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Street index for Canada 1921 census

Is there a street index for the larger cities in the 1921 Canadian census? (When I first asked this question, the 1921 census (on Ancestry) was images only, with no name index. Although a name index ...
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Kennedy Ancestors

Is there any records for Archibald Kennedy and Catherine Hunter, parents of South African progenitor John Hunter Kennedy, born about 1803. (He could be from Aberdeen, Scotland)
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Is there a comprehensive repository of pre-1841 local censuses in Britain available online?

The first national Census in Britain was in 1841, but there are several local enumerations of populations of particular parishes and towns, for example: The parish censuses listed in the answers to ...
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Where to find list of census performed in Italy?

I need to know if I can find, online of offline, information about the years that census were performed in Italy. In this site seems that Ancestry.com could have that information, but I don't have ...
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Is city ward information provided in U.S. census records useful?

Many, if not most, of the 20th century U.S. census records include fairly precise address information for those living in cities and towns. Even many 1880 census records include at least street-level ...
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What does the occupation “Works in Woods” mean?

In an 1880 US Census entry, the occupation of Daniel Card is listed as "Works in Woods." What does that mean? Where I grew up, the word "woods" was a synonym for forest so I immediately thought ...
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How do I find LDS digital file 4548813?

I called the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to ask about an index for the film #1042404 - 1851 Scotland, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock - Census, and they told me that they have the film, but that it ...
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Where is the transcription effort for various census and other large record sets documented?

I am looking for a description of the process that was used to transcribe data in the various censuses (US, UK, etc.). I would like to know some basic statistics about the process: When was it done ...
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1910 Census - and the last three columns

The last three columns in the 1910 US Census (columns 30, 31 and 32) have four numbers in them. Column 30 is supposedly about survivors of the Union or Confederate army, 31 is if you’re blind and 32 ...
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Could 'Annie' be a Pseudonym for Augusta

There is a branch of my paternal grandmother's family that I am currently trying to document. I have a copy of her grandfather's (my great grandfather) birth certificate. I apologise for that ...
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Interpreting UK Census

On a UK census the 1st column is the Schedule Number. The 2nd column contains the street name or name of house but rarely the house number. Where there are several families living on a street is there ...
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Brick Wall: What happened to John White & his Brother or Sister?

All information below was obtained through ancestry.co.uk My Great Grandfather, Thomas White was one of 6 children born to Baldwin White, b1862 in Salcombe, Devon & Rachel Arminia Fox, b1864 in ...
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Help needed reading an occupation and place name

In the 1891 Census of England and Wales for the household of James Jeans, Bermondsey, Southwark (RG12 piece 377 Folio 135 page 12), I can't read (1) the occupation of James Jeans and (2) the ...
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Can anyone decipher the name of this Royal Navy ship in Beruit in 1861?

Can anyone work out what the name of this ship is for me please it is from the 1861 census reference RG9/4441/232/30 Thanks for any suggestions
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Church Censuses a one off?

I have photocopies of clerical censuses from 1828 & 1838 from a parish in Herefordshire, England. In fact the details given offer more information than state censuses. Have researchers found ...
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How likely is it that the England & Wales Census would be wrong about an age by ten years?

Or is it just a gap in the records? My 3xgreat-grandmother, Sarah Rule, is shown in the 1851, 1871 and 1881 Censuses for England and Wales with ages that would indicate a date of birth around ...
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How can I determine parentage of Thomas McCubbin (McCubbins) who died ca1875 in Missouri?

Thomas McCubbn (wife Emily) was my gg grandfather. Thomas died late 1875 or early 1876 in Warrensburg MIssouri (his son said Thomas died an early age). It is believed this Thomas McCubbn is the son ...
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Applying a corrected relationship to a census on Ancestry

Ancestry.com provide a way of applying per-user corrections to census records. However, this only supports changes to a personal name, place of birth, or date of birth. I would like to report a ...