Online Census Websites Comparison Pages! Nice!

Written by Kathi:

Many commercial genealogy websites, such as Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, and Heritage Quest have posted on-line census images with linked indexes. The LDS site also has some offerings. But many people find they are confused about the offerings of each website.

Which site has an every-name index? Which indexes are complete and for which years? Are the census images complete? Who offers soundex and advanced search?

To help understand the census offerings online, you may find the Census Comparison Chart helpful.

Census Comparison Chart

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Ancestry.com
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Soundex* search
Advanced Search
Ranked Search (best results first) Genealogy.com
(View Census for free)
No soundex search

Heritage Quest
Available through libraries and historical societies
No soundex search
Advanced Search LDS
Soundex search

1930 Index: Every-name
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household ( CT, DE, MD, TX, and VA)
Census: Images
1920 Index: Every Name
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household (partially completed)
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household (35 states)
Census: Images
1910 Index: Every Name
Index: Miracode** KY, OH, PA, VA
Census: Images
(View US Census for free)
Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1900 Index: Every Name NEW!
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1890 Index: Every Name
Census: Images
(Most Original Census lost in fire)
Census: 1890 Veterans Schedule (Used as substitute)
Census: Substitute (1890 directories & more)
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(Most Original Census lost in fire)
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(Most Original Census lost in fire)
1880 Index: Every Name
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images Index:
Every Name
Census: Extracted lists of families
1870 Index: Every Name
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free)
Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1860 Index: Every Name
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1850 Index: Every Name
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
Slave Schedules: Images (View US Census for free)
Index: None
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images
1840 Index: Head of Household*** Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images
1830 Index: Head of Household
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: None
Census: Images
1820 Index: Head of Household
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index : Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1810 Index: Head of Household
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1800 Index: Head of Household
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
1790 Index: Head of Household
Index: AIS Head of Household
Census: Images
(View for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
(View US Census for free) Index: Head of Household
Census: Images
State Additional Census
Compiled by individual states
(View US State Census for free)

Canada Census
1881 Canada
Index: Every Name
Census: Extracted Lists of Families
Various Years

UK Census
1861
England
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Wales
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Channel Islands
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Isle of Man
Index: Every Name
Census: Images
(View UK census for free)

1871
England
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Wales
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Channel Islands
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Isle of Man
Index: Every Name
Census: Images
(View UK census for free)

1881
England
Index: Every Name
Census: Images
Wales
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Channel Islands
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Isle of Man
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

(View UK census for free)

1881 British Isles

1891
England
Index: Every Name
Census: Images
Wales
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Channel Islands
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Isle of Man
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

(View UK census for free)

1901
England
Index: Every Name
Census: Images
Wales
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Channel Islands
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

Isle of Man
Index: Every Name
Census: Images

(View UK census for free)
*A soundex search is a way of searching for a surname the way it is pronounced, rather than the way it is spelled. Using a soundex search is a way of expanding your search to include possible transcription errors or census enumerator spelling variations.

**The Miracode index uses the same phonetic code and abbreviations as the Soundex index, but the method of recording the census page reference is different. The Miracode index card lists county, volume, ED, and the sequential family number assigned by the census taker, whereas the Soundex index shows the county, volume, ED, sheet, and line numbers.

***The 1790 through the 1840 census enumerate only the head of household. An index labeled “head of household” for the 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, and 1840 census is in actuality an “every name” index.

****Details of AIS Head of Household Census indexes available by state

Also Note: Limited census transcriptions can be found at Rootsweb and the Census Project run by USGenWeb.

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