Finding Census Records at WorldVitalRecords.com

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By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Recently I received an email from a member who said the following, “I do a lot of work with censuses. On WorldVitalRecords.com, I have not been able to find a successful way to search for a particular family. An ability to click on ‘SEARCH CENSUS’ (and even a way to specify what year as an option within that) would be great.” To help answer this individual’s question, this week’s feature article will discuss the type of census records that are available at WorldVitalRecords.com and how to access them.

What Census Records Are Available at WorldVitalRecords.com?
WorldVitalRecords.com currently has more than 110 census databases, including information for Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Some of the most popular census collections include: The 1851
Dublin City Census, Ireland
; UK 1841 Census; UK 1861 Census; UK 1871 Census, UK 1881 Census; UK 1891 Census; 1880 United States Census (First Installment); Allcensus 1790 U.S. Census Images; CAN 1871 Canadian Census.

How Do I Access the Census Records at WorldVitalRecords.com?

There are several ways to access the census records at WorldVitalRecords.com. Here are instructions on how to access the census records by record type, place, title, and advanced search.

Finding Census Records by Record Type

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Record Types.
  3. Click on Census Records.
  4. Type in the information you know in the Search box and click Search, or scroll down to the specific database you wish to search. Then type in the information you know in the Search box and click Search.

 Finding Census Records by Place

Suppose you want to look at the census records from the United Kingdom. Here are instructions on how to find these records.

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Places.
  3. Click on the United Kingdom icon (if you are searching for a different country, click on the icon for the country you wish to search).
  4. Click on the letter of the first word of the census you wish to search. In this case, I would click on the letter U.
  5. Click on the specific United Kingdom census you wish to view.
  6. Type in the information you wish to search and click on Search, or browse the database. You may want to start by typing in the year of the census you wish to search.

Finding Census Records by Title

Suppose you know the title of the census database you wish to search, for example, the 1871 Canadian Census. Here is how you find that database by searching by title.

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Record Types.
  3. Click on Search by database title

4. Type in Can 1871 Canadian Census and click Search.  If you don’t know the exact title, type in a word you know that is in the title. For example, if I type in Canadian Census, it will still bring up the 1871 Canadian Census.

Finding Census Records by Advanced Search

Suppose I am looking for the Allcensus 1870 U.S. Census Images and want to access this database using an advanced search. Here is how you can find this database:

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Search (located in blue at the top, middle section of the home page).
  3. Type in the information you know. If I just know that the year was 1870, I can type 1870 into the Year box +/- zero years.
  4. Click on Search.
  5. Scroll down to Census and Voter Lists.
  6. Click on the Allcensus 1870 U.S. Census Images link.

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