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Using the Census for Family History Research

How can the United States Census help you track down your family's past?

Here is a list of additional resources  you may want to explore:

The United States Census Bureau

The agency has a comprehensive guide that compiles their history and facts from each census. They provide additional information on how the census have been used in different areas of society as well.

Source: The United States Census Bureau, (n.d) Historyhttps://www.census.gov/history/

Additionally, they have an infograph that records major events that happened during the year a census took place.

Source: The United States Census Bureau, (n.d) A Timeline of Census Historyhttps://www.census.gov/history/img/timeline_census_history.bmp

Research Guides

What’s Your Story? Conducting Interviews for Genealogical Research - This guide offers tips on how to ask the appropriate questions when doing research.

Source: Margino, M. (2015) What’s Your Story? Conducting Interviews for Genealogical Research. [blog post] Retrieved from https://www.nypl.org/blog/2015/01/07/conducting-interviews-genealogical-research

Genealogy Research Tips: Breaking Through Brick Walls and Getting Past Dead Ends - General tips that are useful for anyone starting out in genealogical research. There are also links to more resources. 

Source: Nigro, C. (2011) Genealogy Research Tips: Breaking Through Brick Walls and Getting Past Dead Ends. Retrieved from https://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/08/03/genealogy-research-tips

Everyone Counts: Using the Census in Genealogy Research - Another guide that has more census information included.

Source: Nigro, C. (2011) Everyone Counts: Using the Census in Genealogy Research. Retrieved from https://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/12/08/everyone-counts-using-census-genealogy-research

Local Libraries and Archives

New York Public Library, Milstein Division of U.S., Local History and Genealogy - https://www.nypl.org/locations/divisions/milstein

Brooklyn Historical Society - https://www.brooklynhistory.org/research-collections/

Municipal Archives - https://www1.nyc.gov/site/records/about/municipal-archives.page