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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
Census Records
by Robert Ragan

You Can Now Search the U. S. 1880, Canadian 1881, and the British 1881 Censuses On-line for FREE!
Hi, Robert Ragan here (the computer genealogy guy and publisher of Treasure Maps genealogy e-mail newsletter). As my dad would say, "This is BIG Potatoes!"
As of today, you can search the United States 1880 census on-line for FREE.
As of today, you can search the Canadian 1881 censuses on-line for FREE.
Note: The British 1881 census was already on-line, but now the U.S. 1880 and Canadian 1881 censuses join it. This was just announced on October 23, 2002: "Free Internet Access to Invaluable Indexes of American and Canadian Heritage-Two Nations Celebrate in Dozens of Concurrent News Conferences "

HERE ARE SOME BLURBS FROM THE NEWS RELEASE: "The United States 1880, the British 1881, and the Canadian 1881 censuses can be searched on-line. The 1880 United States Census is complete. Approximately 50 million individuals are contained in this census. The British Isles census contains 25 million individuals from England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. The 1881 Canadian census contains 4.3 million individuals. (updated: October 23, 2002)

SALT LAKE CITY - In honor of Family History Month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making invaluable indexes of American and Canadian heritage available free to the public at the touch of a button. The 1880 United States Census and the 1881 Canadian Census, searchable databases of more than 55 million people, are now on the Internet at, signifying another great leap forward in online family history research. The online availability of the two censuses was announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing "O Canada" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." Dozens of other press conferences were held across Canada and the United States, from Edmonton to Toronto and from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., making this the largest family history announcement in the history of the Church.

The chances of today's Canadians and Americans finding ancestors in the online databases are extraordinary. If a person's family lived in one of these two nations during the 1880s and was counted in the census, becoming connected to the past is quick and easy. Elder D. Todd Christofferson, executive director of the Family and Church History Department, said: "People used to search through rolls and rolls of microfilm with varying degrees of success. Now with just a few keystrokes, they can search through millions of records from anywhere at anytime."

How lucky we are to have this at our fingertips today, and for free: "Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others volunteered to do the indexing for the 1880 U.S. Census, which took 17 years, and the 1881 Canadian Census, which took four years."

NOTES FROM ROBERT RAGAN: This is a further testament to being able to sit and do your genealogy research in your pajamas. ;-) For years I have told people about the on-line LDS database and how they are missing out on incredible things. You see, many people tell me, "Well, I went and looked around but didn't find anything."


They couldn't be any more mistaken. This is a gateway to the LARGEST collection of genealogical records on earth. And since it is connected with the LDS church, you can get free access to so much stuff.

The problem is that most people don't know exactly what the records are, or what they mean (example, the IGI, Ancestral Files, Family History Library Catalog. Research Outlines and more). I can't say this strongly enough, you have to know about this....or you will be missing out!

Anyway, back to the new on-line census data... Want to search right now? GO TO LOOK IN the LEFT-HAND COLUMN where it says: "US 1880, British and Canadian 1881 Censuses are now available online" This text is a link, CLICK ON IT.

Now look on the field (box) that says "Census." By default, it says "All."

Click on the small black arrow on the right side of the Census field. From here you can choose to search through either the: -1880 United States Census -1881 British Census -1881 Canadian Census.

NOTE: Don't forget that one of the many things that you will discover in my PAJAMA Genealogy Research System is what you can get from <> and I walk you through this Web site, step-by-step, in plain English. The PAJAMA Genealogy Research System is on sale for a limited time. Read below to see how to get more info on this exclusive home-study (in your P.J.s) system: PAJAMA GENEALOGY Research for Computer Users: "How to do most of your genealogy research from your home in your pajamas . . . Using your computer, the Internet, and your kitchen table."

For in-depth info, read the PAJAMA GENEALOGY REPORT: You can see it on-line at: Or, you can get the "Pajama Genealogy Report" by e-mail automatically, by sending an e-mail message to:
You are invited to investigate further into this... Look at what other people just like you are saying, and look at the super-strong guarantees that are on all my products.

My best, ;-) Robert Ragan

P.S. Well, what are you waiting for? Get over the the familysearch Web site and start searching... *This was a special supplement that was e-mailed to the subscribers of "Treasure Maps" free monthly e-mail genealogy newsletter." See page 3A for information on how you can sign up for free.

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