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Step 4. Find Ancestors in Census Records
Census records are important for locating the place where an ancestor lived. You will also learn family groups (names of children and spouses) plus ages, occupations and other genealogical information depending on the year and country of the census.
American Census Records
- Taken every 10 years beginning in 1790
- After 1840 census records can list age and place of birth, occupation, personal wealth, education, spouse, children, hired hands, and immigration & naturalization information.
- To protect individual privacy, the government doesn't release census data for 72 years after they take it. The 1930 American census is the latest census available
Canadian Census Records
- Taken every 10 years beginning in 1841
- From 1851 on, Canadian Census records list age and place of birth, occupation, religion, spouse, children, and sometimes immigration information.
- The 1911 Canadian census is the latest census available
| Olive Tree Genealogy Suggests Keep track of all families found on the same census page as your ancestor. Often you will find that brothers, married sisters or parents lived next door, or nearby.
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