Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Software Programs that Give You Access to the US Census


A great software program to use to work with census documents is Heritage Quest. It covers all the censuses from 1790 through 1920. And it’s free to use at home through your local library. All you have to do is get a library card. Then from your home computer, go to your library website, click on “Research” tab and scroll down to "Heritage Quest".

The Cabell County Public Library in Huntington, WV

 I found a great tutorial on how to use Heritage Quest that the Buffalo Library created.

Another good program that covers the census and so much more is Ancestry.com. And the 1930 US Census is also included here. You can access this program through your local library but you must pay a fee to use it at home. Here is a site that describes what you can find on Ancestry:


One of my favorite sites is FamilySearch.org. Like Ancestry, FamilySearch offers much more than access to census documents. Here is a site that describes what you can find on FamilySearch.

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