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New genealogy websites open every day. A great way to learn about them is to periodically check www.cyndislist. com. That website tracks other genealogy sites around the world and arranges them by categories.
When the site opens, scroll down and click on "Browse New Links." When the next screen opens, click on the category "Browse New and Updated Links-1 December 2013." Click on that date and scroll down the screen.
Notice the series of new articles (provided for free by Ancestry.com) that tell about census schedules. Click on the article labeled "Ancestry.com Wiki-Overview of the U.S. Census." That article provides helpful search tips.
In addition to tips for researching census records, the article also discusses the history of the census records. They were created as a result of Article 1, Section 2 of our Constitution, which directs our government to fairly apportion representatives and to levy taxes.
The article reminds researchers to check other schedules, too. Examples are agriculture, slavery, state and local, industry and manufacturing, veterans, mortality and Native American censuses.
Notice that the right side of the screen lists the other articles that are in the series. As you research your family, those articles will be useful references. Bookmark this page so you can quickly and easily read the other articles in the future.
Notice that one of the articles in the list is titled "Non Population Schedules and Special Censuses." That article discusses the other censuses. Click on it and scroll down the screen to Table 5-5, which lists states and the special non-population censuses that were done in each one.
The table also lists the institution where each set of records is located. The table does not include the agriculture census records, so you will need to check the Ancestry.com article that tells about that schedule.
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