Census, Land & Substitutes

Censuses are taken by governments to establish the numbers and characteristics of a population. Census and land records allow you to trace your ancestors through each generation of a family tree. You may be able to follow where a relative lived through each decade, or discover when they moved house or started a new job, and how their family evolved through births, deaths, and marriages. Furthermore, your ancestors’ households will often reveal the names of their siblings, which would be difficult to trace using the birth indexes alone.

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