Genealogy site MyHeritage announced that it has added the entire collection of US decennial censuses from 1790 to 1930searchable indexes and record images.
MyHeritage has offered the 1940 US census since shortly after it was released to the public last year.
The census records are accessible with a MyHeritage.com annual data subscription (on spacial for $6.35 per month, billed annually) or with prepurchased credits (5,600 credits cost $39.95 and are good for 180 days). That’s except for the 1940 census, which is free to search and view, along with select other collections.
If you have a tree on MyHeritage, the census records also will be included in Record Matching notifications. Also in MyHeritage.com’s records collection are vital, military, immigration, newspaper and other records.
Census records are among the most popular resources for family historians, and often the starting point for new researchers. This addition brings MyHeritage into closer competition with Ancestry.com as a commercial provider of records for genealogy research.
I’m still checking into where MyHeritage’s 1790-to-1930 census records were imaged and indexed. (Update: That information isn’t being released due to a confidentiality agreement, according to MyHeritage spokesperson Schelly Talalay Dardashti.) Its 1940 census was indexed separately from both the records on Ancestry.com and those on FamilySearch/findmypast/Archives.com, giving you another search option for hard-to-find family in 1940.
Another plus for using MyHeritage.com: The website is available in 40 languages, making its records searchable by people all over the world who had family in the United States.