United States Census 1790 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a name index and record images for people living of the United States in 1790. This was the first national census of the United States. No schedules are known to exist for Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia. Index provided by Ancestry.

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What Can I Learn from Census Records?


These records may include:

  • State, county and city in which census was taken
  • Name of head of household/family
  • Number of free white males 16 years and older
  • Number of free white males 16 years and under
  • Number of free white females
  • Number of all other free persons living in household (except Indians who were not taxed)
  • Number of slaves in each household



How Can Census Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the age categories to determine an approximate birth date range
  • Use the residence to locate other records such as land, probate, tax, and church records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination


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