Heads of the First Families at the First Census Taken in the Year 1790

12 Volumes for CT, ME, MD, MA, NH, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA

The original 12 volumes were published by Department of Commerence & Labor Bureau of the Census, Govt. Printing Office, 1908. The volumes are indexed. This is a reproduction on CD and is searchable except for NY state.

The first census of the United States was taken in 1790. Due to the burning of the Capital during the war of 1812 some of the early census records were destroyed and only records of 12 states/territories still exist. The information was published in the early 1900's by the Census Bureau in 12 volumes. This CD contains these works and includes the 1790 census for Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. The census for Virginia was lost in the fire. For a replacement the government compiled information from the 1882, 1883, 1884 & 1885 state enumerations. These enumerations covered only half the state so the 1790 census of Virginia is not complete.

The 1790 Census contains the following information.

  • Free White Males 16 years and upward
  • Free White Males under 16 years
  • Free White Females including head of households
  • All other Free Persons
  • Slaves

One of the first resources a genealogist will search are census records. The 1790 census can be searched online but often better results are achieved by actually searching the printed record. By viewing the records you see the actual name and this can be useful if the name is misspelled. The sister of my great great grandfather was living in another household in the 1860 census. The census taker spelled her name as Mattikin (Madigan). I would never have thought to type that name for a search. Sounding the name out as I read the name I realized she was the person I was trying to locate. Also by examining the order of names in a census you can determine the neighbors of your ancestors. These neighbors may have been related or as families moved in groups the families may inter-marry in generations to come.

If you are interested in the CD only for a single state see my store or contact me if the one you desire is not listed.

About the CD: This CD provides the genealogist the opportunity to have access to information from a book that is difficult to locate in the used book market. The CD was made by scanning an original copy of the book. Any defect such as notes in the margin or light text will also appear in the CD version. The CD requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file and is included with the CD. The reader can also be downloaded from the Adobe website. The information on the CD can either be printed and read in the traditional manner or viewed with your computer. When viewing on your screen the page size can be increased to make reading easier. This CD is searchable and has a series of bookmarks making navigation through the file easier. The CD is packaged in a projective sleeve.

Book# = US01

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