How to Browse Census Records on Big Genealogy Websites

By Sunny Jane Morton Premium

Can’t find someone in the census? Browsing schedules for the place he lived can help you pull his name off the pages. Here’s how to do this on the biggest genealogy websites: Go to Search>Card Catalog and run a keyword search for the year and census. Or go to the main search page, look under Census & Voter Lists and select US Federal Census Collection. Click the desired census and select the place under Browse this collection. From the page, click Browse All Published Record Collections and type United States census in the Filter By Collection Name box. Select the desired census, then scroll down and click the Browse link.

HeritageQuest Online: (available through participating libraries) From the home page, click on the census you need. Select Browse this Collection and filter to the right locale. From the home page, click A-Z of record sets. Under Showing Records From, select United States and enter US census in the search box. Click the desired census and one of the Browse options. From the US Census Collection home page, select the census year and run a search with your best guess in the Residence field. Use the arrows in the record viewer to page through the schedules.
From the January/February 2016 Family Tree Magazine