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Historical U.S. census and vital records

U.S. census: starting points

If you want basic information and are not in the library: Decennial Census -- History
Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000

Index of Questions:


If you want more detailed information:
Encyclopedia of the U.S. census. Margo J. Anderson, editor in chief. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2000.
Donald E. Stokes Library (SPR) HA37.U55 C66 2000

For a history of the census as both a political and a bureaucratic process:
The American census: a social history. Margo J. Anderson. New Haven: Yale University Press, c1988.
Firestone HA37.U55 A53 1988

Dubester’s U.S. census bibliography with SuDocs class numbers and indexes. Kevin L. Cook. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1996.
Data and Statistical Services (DSS). Firestone Z7553.C3 C66 1996

State censuses; an annotated bibliography of censuses of population taken after the year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States. Prepared by Henry J. Dubester. Washington, D.C., U.S. Govt. Print. Off. [1948]
Trustee Reading Room Reference (DR): Z7554.U5 U63 1948

State census records. Ann S. Lainhart. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1992.
Trustee Reading Room Reference (DR): Z5313.U5 L37 1992

Bureau of the Census catalog of publications, 1790-1972


Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States: 1850-1990

Encyclopedia of American Immigration. Salem Press, 2010.
Very brief entries for every state, with a few references.
Trustee Reading Room Reference (DR): JV6465 .E53 2010.

A Companion to American Immigration. Edited by Reed Ueda. Malden, MA ; Oxford : Blackwell Pub., 2006.
Donald E. Stokes Library (SPR): JV6465 .C74 2006.

Vital Records

Family Search, a service of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, offers digitized collections of birth, marriage, and death records, records of military service, and probate records (wills and estates).

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