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Find your ancestors using the U.S. census:

A historical record of the entire U.S. population, the census is the nation’s largest record set for family history and genealogy. Taken every ten years, from 1790 to the present day, each entry provides a unique snapshot of the lives of your ancestors. We bring this vast resource to you here online.

The original records, made available by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to, can be viewed for free on microfiche rolls at the NARA offices in Washington DC. At we have made it easy for you by making the

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What was in each census? For a quick review of each census year’s census data, visit our year by year quick census facts.

What can I do on the census?

  • Search for free - Search the whole census to add vital branches to your family tree. See transcribed details of your ancestors and the original census images. Find out where your family lived, who else lived there and where they worked.

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1940 Census - Free Access