Archives.org census records [31 January 2014]
I don't know if you have opened a door for me or a pandora's box. I didn't know census records were available at archives.org so I wanted to see what was available. I went to the source page for 1850 U.S. Population Schedule to find a link to the archives site. A link is there but when I followed it, I never did find the actual census records. What I did find was a lot of information on how to interpret the records.
Oh but now I've looked at the source page again and see that the link on that page goes to archives.gov and not to archives.org. Perhaps an additional link could be added to the source page with a bit of explanation as to what you will find at both sites.
While I was looking I checked the FamilySearch link too. That link goes to their whole catalog of links, which is a good link to know about, but is not a direct link to the census records.
Would you give me a URL to the census records at archive.org? I haven't found it yet! --janiejac 15:53, 31 January 2014 (UTC)
- I'm a little confused by your question. The link I left on Dallan's talk page were to the 4 specific census pages you needed at archive.org, which I don't think has anything to do with archives.gov. It is a non-profit organization trying to scan in all public domain material and make it available digitally. They have images of all census pages, but no index or search engine. There is no central page to start from. You have to use their main page to search for the specific reel you want (example search string might be "1880 St. Joseph Indiana Census", i.e., include the year, county and state), open the reel and flip through pages to find the image you want. Actually it's easier than that if you can use a search engine like the one at familysearch.org, ancestry, or heritagequest.com, so you know the reel and page/image number you are looking for. A description of the process was put on Watchlist a couple months back. But archive.org essentially only gives the raw pages. It takes a little more time (minute or two) to look up the image at archive.org after you have found it on, say, familysearch.org, or ancestry.com, but it makes for a more useful link.
- familysearch.org normally searches all their records when you go to their record search screen. You can guide it towards a particular census but setting the residence criteria to, say, 1850-1850, if you want, or you can scroll to the bottom of the initial records search screen below the map of the world, click on the United States link, then scroll through the list of US databases to find a particular census. If you click on the link for one of the censuses, then you will be able to search just that census. --Jrich 16:19, 31 January 2014 (UTC)