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U.S. Government

Basic guide to get you started in researching the federal government resources both online and in the library.

U.S. Census Bureau

The mission of the U.S. Census Bureau is serve "as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers."

Past & Present

Census 2010 Web Site

All Things Census
A site to post messages about Census 2010 methods, findings and resources. As the counts are taken, this site will post reports on the numbers collected. This is a Pew Social & Demographic Trends Project.

1940 Census to be released online from NARA on April 2, 2012.

Selected U.S. Census Bureau Sites & Publications

Census Population Schedules

Population schedules usually refer to the sources that can help you locate names of your ancestors. Below are the census schedules we have in this library. From 1790 (the first decennial census)-1840, only the head of household is listed and the number of household members in selected age groups, but more information is provided from 1850-1930, such as names and ages of family members, state or country of birth, marriage status, occupation, etc.  Due to privacy laws, these census records are not available to the public until 72 years after a given census was taken. Therefore, all census population schedules up to 1930 are now available and the 1940 census schedules won't be released until 2012. The State Library of Florida might have some census schedules that that we don't own. The National Archives in Washington, D.C. has all of the census schedules.

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