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Online Federal Censuses[edit | edit source]

Population Schedules[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1790, federal population schedules were taken every 10 years in the United States. Click here for more information about federal census records.

Nebraska was the 37th State to join the Union on March 1, 1867. The State was formed from the Nebraska Territory. It was first included on the 1860 U.S. Census as a territory.

United States Federal Censuses with Online Links[edit | edit source]
1860 1870 1880 1890 1900
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1910 1920 1930 1940
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Non-Population Schedules for Nebraska[edit | edit source]

Federal non-population schedules included such things mortality schedules, agriculture schedules, slave schedules, and manufacturing schedules.

Year Type of Census Links
1890 Veterans at Ancestry.com ($)
1880 Mortality at Ancestry.com ($)
1880 Defective at Ancestry.com ($)
1880 Mortality at Ancestry.com ($)
1880 Industry at Ancestry.com ($)
1880 Agriculture at Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Social Statistics at Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Mortality at Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Industry at Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Agriculture at Ancestry.com ($)
1860 Social Statistics at Ancestry.com ($)
1860 Mortality at Ancestry.com ($)
1860 Industry at Ancestry.com ($)
1860 Agriculture at Ancestry.com ($)

Existing and Lost Censuses[edit | edit source]

Online State and Territorial Censuses[edit | edit source]

State censuses are census records that were taken at the state-level rather than at the federal. Often, but not always, a state took their census in ten year increments 5 years from when the Federal Census was taken, such as 1885. State censuses can even serve as substitutes for missing federal censuses. For more information on state censuses, visit United States Census Bureau.

Territorial censuses were taken by the federal government to count the population in federal territories. The government needed to count the population in the territory to see if it could qualify for statehood. For more information on territorial censuses, visit the US Territorial Census page.

Year Type of Census Links
1917 State (Cass County), names of household members contact History Nebraska
1898 State (Gage County), names of household members contact History Nebraska
1885 State, names of household members at FamilySearch

at Ancestry.com ($)

1884 State (Madison) contact History Nebraska
1878-1879 State (Lancaster County), names of household members contact History Nebraska
1876-1882 State (Cass County), names of household members at Ancestry.com ($)
1875 State (Lancaster County), names of household members at Ancestry.com ($)

contact History Nebraska

1874 State (Jefferson, Kearney and Lancaster Counties) at Ancestry.com- Lancaster County only ($)

contact History Nebraska

1872 State (Dawson County), head of household contact History Nebraska
1870 State (Lancaster County) contact History Nebraska
1869 State (Butler and Stanton Counties) contact History Nebraska
1865 State (Butler, Cuming, Lancaster, Otoe) contact History Nebraska
1864 State (Cedar County) contact History Nebraska
1858 City (Nebraska City, Otoe County), head of household contact History Nebraska
1856 Territorial (Richardson, Pawnee, Nemaha, Otoe, Cass, Lancaster, Clay, Dodge, Platte, Cuming, Douglas, Washington, Burt, and Dakota counties), head of household contact History Nebraska
1855 Territorial (Richardson, Pawnee, Nemaha, Otoe, Cass, Douglas, Washington, and Dodge counties), head of household contact History Nebraska
1854 Territorial (District 1: Richardson, Pawnee, Nemaha (part), Johnson (part), Gage (part); District 2: Nemaha (most), Otoe (most); District 3: Cass; District 4: Douglas, Sarpy; District 5: Dodge and additional territory; District 6: Burt and Washington), head of household contact History Nebraska

Other Census Images[edit | edit source]

Indian census rolls, Winnebago, 1904-1939
Indian census rolls, Yankton, 1885-1931
Indian census rolls, Santee, 1885-1917
Census records, Winnebago, 1869-1929

Why Use the Census?[edit | edit source]

State census records can be one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. Information varies based on year and location, but information that may be included in a census can include:

  • Name of each person in the family at the time the census was taken
  • Street or Avenue, or number Rural Free Delivery
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Color
  • Nativity
  • Place of birth of this person
  • Place of birth of Father of this person
  • Place of birth of Mother of this person
  • Period of Residence
  • How long a resident of this State (years and months)
  • How long a resident of this enumeration district (years and months)
  • Regular occupation
  • Military service

More about censuses[edit | edit source]

Click here for additional details about how to use censuses, such as: