How do I request census records that are not available from the National Archives?
Individuals may request their own records (before they are publicly available) via the U.S. Census Bureau's Age Search service. This service provides individual information from censuses that are still protected by the 72-year rule, but only to the named person, his or her heirs, or legal representatives. There is a Congressionally-mandated fee for this service. Individuals interested in requesting a search of their personal census records must complete a form BC-600 [PDF 142k], Application for Search of Census Records (form BC-600sp [PDF 156k], Solicitud Para Busqueda De Registros Censales).
Even President Obama's 2010 census questionnaire is confidential for 72 years. It will be released to the public April 1, 2082.
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