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Census Records

Here are lists of the major information that can be found in the US Federal Census for the selected years.

You can find quite a bit of information about an individual by looking at US Federal Census records for a few different years. Here are lists of the major data available in each US Federal Census for 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

1870 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • occupation
  • relation to head of household
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • value of real estate
  • value of personal estate
  • place of birth
  • father of foreign born
  • mother of foreign born
  • able to read
  • able to write

1880 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • occupation
  • relation to head of household
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital status
  • health - disabled or not
  • able to read
  • able to write
  • place of birth
  • father's place of birth
  • mother's place of birth

1900 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • occupation
  • relation to head of household
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital condition
  • number of years of present marriage
  • mother of how many children
  • number of these children living
  • place of birth
  • father's place of birth
  • mother's place of birth
  • year of immigration to the US
  • number of years in the U.S.
  • naturalization
  • attended school
  • can read
  • can write
  • can speak english
  • owned or rented
  • owned free or mortgaged
  • farm house
  • number of farm schedule

1910 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • occupation
  • relation to head of household
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital status
  • number of years of present marriage
  • mother of how many children born
  • mother of how many children living
  • place of birth
  • father's place of birth
  • mother's place of birth
  • year of immigration to the US
  • naturalized or alien








1920 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • occupation
  • relation to head of household
  • home owned or rented
  • if owned, free of mortgage
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital status
  • year of immmigration to the US
  • naturalized or alien
  • attended school since Sept. 1, 1919
  • able to read
  • able to write

1930 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • occupation
  • relation to head of household
  • home owned or rented
  • value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented
  • radio set
  • does family live on a farm
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital condition
  • age at first marriage
  • attended school since Sept. 1, 1929
  • able to read
  • able to write
  • place of birth
  • father's place of birth
  • mother's place of birth
  • year of immmigration to the US
  • naturalized or alien
  • employed or unemployed
  • veteran
  • war or expedition

1940 US Federal Census Data

  • name
  • address
  • relation to head of household
  • home owned or rented
  • value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented
  • radio set
  • does family live on a farm
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital condition
  • age at first marriage
  • attended school since March 1, 1940
  • highest grade completed
  • place of birth
  • father's place of birth
  • mother's place of birth
  • citizenship
  • language spoken in home
  • employment status
  • occupation
  • income in 1939
  • veteran
  • have a social security number