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Decennial census records are confidential for 72 years to protect respondents' privacy.

Records from the 1950 to 2010 Censuses can only be obtained by the person named in the record or their heir after submitting form BC-600 or BC-600sp (Spanish).

Individual census records from 1790 to 1940 are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, not the U.S. Census Bureau.

Publications related to the census data collected from 1790 to 2010 are available at https://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html.

Visit the National Archives Web site to access 1940 Census records
http://1940census.archives.gov.

Online subscription services are available to access the 1790–1940 census records and many public libraries provide access to these services free-of-charge.
Contact your local library to inquire if it has subscribed to one of these services.



Family Register
Family tree of Bartholomew Dupuy and Susanna La Villan who came to the United States from France in 1700.
Image courtesy of the Tennessee State Library.

Census information and records can be invaluable tools in genealogical research. In addition to basic personal facts for each respondent, census records include detailed information that can help make connections across generations.

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