Books to Help With Census Research

Books to Help With Census Research

The census lessons in these books will answer your questions about the United States' decennial headcounts.

  • The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Ancestry), a reference work with a chapter on research in census records.

  • The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes by William Dollarhide (Heritage Quest), which reviews census schedules and identifies all known census indexes.

  • Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Dollarhide (Genealogical Publishing Co.), with maps showing state, territorial and county boundaries for all states for each census year.

  • First Steps in Genealogy by Desmond Walls Allen (Betterway Books,), a beginner’s guide with information on locating and using census records.

  • Historical Statistics of the States of the United States compiled by Donald B. Dodd (Greenwood Publishing Group), which tracks historical trends based on 18 census data items.

  • Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990, From the Twenty-One Decennial Censuses (US Government Printing Office)

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