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Can you access detailed information from the 1901 census online?

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Because the U.S. census occurs every 10 years, there is no 1901 census. However, 1900 and 1910 census records are available. Online sources such as Ancestry.com have fully digitized, searchable census records, but they usually require a paid subscription.

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Census records are an excellent source for conducting genealogical research. Besides counting all the inhabitants of a specific area, the census also collects vital data about the family or household, such as names and ages, birthplace, occupation and, for immigrants, country of origin. The vital data may vary from census to census, but the information collected is generally sufficient to start researching a family tree. Digitized collections allows searches by name, area or any other criteria that were collected for that year's census, and the scanned copy of the census record can be downloaded and saved.

Other records besides the U.S. Census that may be helpful in a genealogical search are military service records, birth and death certificates, and, for Native Americans, special census records such as the Dawes Roll. Many of these records have been made available online on Ancestry.com. Users may also request records directly from the government agencies responsible for these records, but a processing fee may be required.

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