The United States Census

In this 10 part series we will take a look at the US Census and its importance to genealogy research.  The Constitution of the United States in Article I, Section 2 requires a census be held every 10-year.  The first census was conducted in 1790 and since then 22 censuses have been performed.  The most recently completed census was in 2010 and the next one will be in 2020.

Are you ready to be counted and leave a genealogy clue about yourself for a future researcher?  Your ancestors, that never knew you did!

If you were alive and living in the United States with a year that ended in a “0”, chances are you were included in the count.  In genealogy research, the census records you were included in can sometimes be more valuable than any other record of your existence!

Be sure to take a picture (or screenshot) of your completed 2020 census!  If you are comfortable, ask your close family to also take pictures of their census surveys too.  As you read this blog series you will understand why taking a picture or screenshot of your census survey now will be important for years to come. 

Check back every week for a new topic on the US census and how it can help with your genealogy research.  Your ancestors are waiting to be discovered in the census!  The areas that will be discussed include:

Week 1: Why a Census every 10-years?
Week 2: Census population schedules and the 72 year rule.
Week 3: Federal versus State Census.
Week 4: Why is the 1850 US Census so important?
Week 5: How Is Everyone Related? Census Relationships Are Important!
Week 6: Identifying the Children – Not Just the Living Children
Week 7: Immigration and Citizenship in the US Census.
Week 8: Was Your Ancestors Rich or Poor?
Week 9: Don’t Forget the Relative Living Down the Street
Week 10: Confusing Race and Ethnicity on the 2020 US Census