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1790 Census Findings

Free Download:  Blank 1790 Census Form needed to record your ancestors in the 1790 census.

What information can be found in the 1st Federal Census of the United States?

Questions Asked on the 1790 Census

  • Name of the head of each household.

  • How many free white males age 16 and older.

  • How many free white males under age 16.

  • How many free white females.

  • How many of all other free persons.

  • How many slaves.

You might be surprised at how much information you are able to turn up in this simple set of data taken by census takers in the first census taken nationally by the United States.

Even though only the "Head of Household" is listed by name, you must take in the surrounding households as you will often find other families related to your ancestors living nearby.

Good Sense Census Tip:  When you make a new find of your ancestor in the US census, a good rule of thumb is to copy that page AND a few pages before and after it.

As you learn more about the history of your family, go back and look at the census records you previously copied for your ancestors and note the surrounding households.  Often you will see a new connection.

Learning to use census records in genealogy research is much like being a detective.  You must examine and re-examine the clues again and again.

1790 Census Records Online at Ancestry - Learn about the 1790 Census Records & how to access the census index and images.

Free Download: 1790 Census Form to record 1790 census data.

Which States Were Included in 1790 Census Records? (11 states)

Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont.


Where Can 1790 US Census Data be found?

1. Census Finder Census Directory - This is our own directory of free census records which can be found online.  Our directory is categorized by state and county and we have attempted to list every census index, census transcription, and even census images which can be found online. 

To access the directory, Choose a State: Alabama Census, Alaska Census, Arizona Census, Arkansas Census, California Census, Colorado Census, Connecticut Census, Delaware Census, District of Columbia Census, Florida Census, Georgia Census, Hawaii Census, Idaho Census, Illinois Census, Indiana Census, Iowa Census, Kansas Census, Kentucky Census, Louisiana Census, Maine Census, Maryland CensusMassachusetts Census, Michigan Census, Minnesota Census, Mississippi Census, Missouri Census, Montana Census, Nebraska Census, Nevada Census, New Hampshire Census, New Jersey Census, New Mexico Census, New York Census, North Carolina Census, North Dakota Census, Ohio Census, Oklahoma Census, Oregon Census, Pennsylvania Census, Rhode Island Census, South Carolina Census, South Dakota Census, Tennessee Census, Texas Census, Utah Census, Vermont Census, Virginia Census, Washington Census, West Virginia Census, Wisconsin Census, Wyoming Census


2. Ancestry.com Census Records   Ancestry.com has completed the database of all US census records 1790-1940.  This is the greatest tool for genealogy research in the United States to be found online and it does include the entire collection of 1790 census records enumerated in the United States.  While it is a paid subscription, it is well worth the money and they have so many more genealogy records in their databases.


3. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)  The archives maintained by the Federal US Government contains all United States Federal census records on microfilm.  They are in the process of placing their census collections online.  On their site, you will find an online catalog of available microfilm and a lot of useful information about what is available for census research.  See Clues in Census Records 1790-1840.


4. FamilySearch.org The LDS (Latter Day Saints) Library in Salt Lake City also maintains the entire set of US Federal census microfilm and these can also be found or ordered for a fee at Family History Libraries located throughout the United States.  You can search for a Family History Library near you using this search The LDS Church is also putting many census records and genealogical indexes online and these can be accessed on their site.  Search at FamilySearch.org at Discover Your Family History and you may also view the entire list of LDS online records here.


5. Local libraries will often have history and genealogy departments with a (usually incomplete) collection of microfilm available for research and sometimes they will offer their patrons online subscriptions which can be accessed while at the library.


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