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Does the U.S. Census Bureau have census records online?

The National Archives and Records Administration is responsible for making census records publicly available. Records are available at National Archives facilities and many large public and university libraries. Although the National Archives does not have census records online, several commercial Web Sites offer a subscriptions service to view census records online. Many public libraries allow their patrons to access these records free-of-charge using their library cards.

microfilm files
The 1940 through 2000 census records are on microfilm and can be accessed only by the person
named on the record or their legal heir. The 1940 records were released to
the public April 2, 2012.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: October 01, 2015