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State Census Records
     

State Census Records

by Ann S. Lainhart
 
State censuses rank with federal censuses as a major genealogical resource, but, because they were taken randomly, remain a much under-utilized resource in American genealogy. State censuses not only stand as substitutes for some of the missing 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1890 censuses (as well as many county and statewide enumerations lost or destroyed between 1790 and

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State censuses rank with federal censuses as a major genealogical resource, but, because they were taken randomly, remain a much under-utilized resource in American genealogy. State censuses not only stand as substitutes for some of the missing 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1890 censuses (as well as many county and statewide enumerations lost or destroyed between 1790 and 1890) but also as valuable population enumerations in their own right. Many state censuses, for example, asked different questions than the federal census, so they record information that cannot be found elsewhere in federal schedules. Ann Lainhart's inventory of state census records is the only comprehensive list of state census records ever published. State by state, year by year, often county by county and district by district, she shows the researcher what is available in state census records, when it is available, and what one might expect to find in the way of data. In this way Ms. Lainhart has removed one of the last uncharted territories in American genealogy, opening up a range of fresh opportunities for the researcher

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Census, the number-one source in genealogy, is a topic in need of detailed finding aids. Nowhere is this more true than for state census records, which rank with federal census records as a major genealogical resource. Some state census records are available only in a state institution, while others exist on microfilm. Some microfilmed records can be obtained on inter library loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Lainhart's inventory of state census records untangles the availability of state census information with the most comprehensive list ever published. Until now, we have relied on Henry J. Dubester's pioneering booklet, State Census: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States (1948), and several articles. Lainhart's book lists for each state what is available, where it is located, and what kind of data are included. By adding a new and welcome dimension to the census research process, his book is an essential acquisition for institutions and individuals engaged in census research. While genealogists will find the book invaluable, it should also have broad appeal to social science researchers, lawyers, demographers, and others.-- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806313627
Publisher:
Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/03/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
118
Sales rank:
766,179
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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