Educational Resources


September 22, 2015 – Using Census Records for Genealogy Webinar 2015
Generations of genealogists have used manuscript census records as a key component of their efforts to trace their ancestors.  The first six censuses focused on the household as the major unit of data collection.  Only the household head’s name appears in the census.  Other household members appeared only as numbers in the appropriate age, sex, and race boxes.  This changed in 1850, when individual household members began to be listed by name.  Slaves were an exception to this and continued to be listed by the name of their owners until slavery was abolished in 1865.  This webinar consists of a discussion of the types of questions that have been asked in the census and the American Community Survey over the past 200 plus years.  I will also mention other types of records that can be used to supplement the information available in census records. to a non-federal Web site


September 10, 2015 – History of the Censuses
This webinar consists of a summary of the history of the census function in the United States from 1790 through 2010.  Given the time available, it will only touch upon many topics that could support their own webinars.  Among the topics covered will be:

  • Constitutional requirement for a census
  • Changes in the questions asked
  • How census data are collected
  • Introduction of data processing technology
  • Incorporation of probability sampling into the census
  • Geographic underpinning of the census to a non-federal Web site


August 25, 2015 – Introduction to the American Community Survey
Discover the detailed social, economic, and housing statistics that the American Community Survey (ACS) provides for every community every year. You will learn about basics of the yearly estimates and datasets produced from the ACS, resources available on our website (, and how to access ACS data products through a variety of tools with emphasis on American FactFinder. Link to a non-federal Web site | Presentation [PDF]


April 30, 2015 – Accessing American Community Survey's Block Group Data
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to our smallest level of geography, block groups, using American FactFinder or the ACS Summary File. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using American FactFinder, the Summary File Retrieval Tool, DataFerrett, and FTP site. to a non-federal Web site


Measuring America: Your Guide to Caribbean Population StatisticsIn this presentation you will learn to access data related to the Caribbean Population using the American FactFinder tool.
Presentation [PDF] | Clarifying Ancestry, Country of Birth [PDF]


July 16, 2014 – Population Estimates
This webinar provides an overview of U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. We will survey what data are available, how they are produced, when they are available, and how they can be accessed on the Web.
Presentation [PPTX]


May 2014 – Measuring America: Your Guide to Geographic Mobility/Migration Statistics
Presentation [PDF]


May 2014 – Measuring America: Your Guide to Housing Statistics
Presentation [PDF]


March 13, 2014 – American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Dual Vintage Variables
Advanced users learn about the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) and how to work with dual vintages of variables included in the ACS PUMS files. This presentation gives a background of the ACS PUMS files before explaining how to work specifically with dual vintage variables in the 2008-2012 ACS 5-year PUMS files, including Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA), Occupation, and Industry variables. Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


November 5, 2013 – What do you know about Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files?
The American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files show the full range of population and housing unit responses collected on individual ACS questionnaires. For example, they show how respondents answered questions on occupation, place of work, and so forth. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with ACS PUMS files, including: organization of the files, confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.  Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF] | Presentation [PDF]


September 17, 2013 – Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Webinar (Media)
The U.S. Census Bureau held a Web conference today to announce that the 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. Link to a non-federal Web site | Transcript [PDF]


September 11, 2013 – Administration on Aging with ACS – Special Tabulation on Aging
This webinar is a general overview of the American Community Survey and how the Administration on Aging uses this information for their special tabulation on aging. Link to a non-federal Web site  |  Presentation [PDF]


July 11, 2013 – Using Data to Apply for a Grant
In this webinar, the presenter uses a grant scenario to show users how to access population, housing, economic and geographic data from American FactFinder using the Guided and Advanced Search.  Link to a non-federal Web site


American Community Survey (ACS) Overview [PDF] (Presentation)


Accessing Ancestry Statistics (Tutorial)


Finding the Median Income of Congressional Districts (Tutorial)


How Do I Locate Information About My Community? (Tutorial)


Population Finder Statistics (Tutorial)


Race & Ethnicity Data Access  (Tutorial)


State & County QuickFacts Data Access (Tutorial)

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