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Plus Subscriber Only Content - Subscribe TodayGenealogy Workbook: US Census .SwiftPreview75486{width: auto;height: auto;display: block;position: static;background-color: transparent;border: 0;margin: 0;padding: 0;overflow: hidden;visibility: visible;}.SwiftPreviewImg75486{width: auto;height: auto;display: inline;position: static;background-color: transparent;border: 0;margin: 0;padding: 0;overflow: auto;visibility: visible;}div.SwiftPreview-container75486{pointer-events: none;position:absolute;overflow: hidden;display: none;top:0;left:0;z-index:99999;}div.SwiftPreview-content75486{padding:7px;background-color:black;border-radius:3px;-webkit-border-radius:3px;overflow: hidden;}img.SwiftPreview-img75486{left: 7px;top: 7px;position:absolute;overflow: hidden;-webkit-transform-origin: left top;}div.SwiftPreview-cover75486{pointer-events: none;top:5px;position:absolute;z-index: 999}img.SwiftPreview-loading75486{display:none;position:absolute;}iframe.SwiftPreview-iframe75486{display: block;overflow: auto;visibility: visible;border: 0;padding: 0px;margin: 0pxwidth: auto;height: auto;position: absolute;left: 7px;top: 7px;-webkit-transform-origin: left top;background-color:white;} .SwiftPreview70226{width: auto;height: auto;display: block;position: static;background-color: transparent;border: 0;margin: 0;padding: 0;overflow: hidden;visibility: visible;}.SwiftPreviewImg70226{width: auto;height: auto;display: inline;position: static;background-color: transparent;border: 0;margin: 0;padding: 0;overflow: auto;visibility: visible;}div.SwiftPreview-container70226{pointer-events: none;position:absolute;overflow: hidden;display: none;top:0;left:0;z-index:99999;}div.SwiftPreview-content70226{padding:7px;background-color:black;border-radius:3px;-webkit-border-radius:3px;overflow: hidden;}img.SwiftPreview-img70226{left: 7px;top: 7px;position:absolute;overflow: hidden;-webkit-transform-origin: left top;}div.SwiftPreview-cover70226{pointer-events: none;top:5px;position:absolute;z-index: 999}img.SwiftPreview-loading70226{display:none;position:absolute;}iframe.SwiftPreview-iframe70226{display: block;overflow: auto;visibility: visible;border: 0;padding: 0px;margin: 0pxwidth: auto;height: auto;position: absolute;left: 7px;top: 7px;-webkit-transform-origin: left top;background-color:white;} .SwiftPreview81645{width: auto;height: auto;display: block;position: static;background-color: transparent;border: 0;margin: 0;padding: 0;overflow: hidden;visibility: visible;}.SwiftPreviewImg81645{width: auto;height: auto;display: inline;position: static;background-color: transparent;border: 0;margin: 0;padding: 0;overflow: auto;visibility: visible;}div.SwiftPreview-container81645{pointer-events: none;position:absolute;overflow: hidden;display: none;top:0;left:0;z-index:99999;}div.SwiftPreview-content81645{padding:7px;background-color:black;border-radius:3px;-webkit-border-radius:3px;overflow: hidden;}img.SwiftPreview-img81645{left: 7px;top: 7px;position:absolute;overflow: hidden;-webkit-transform-origin: left top;}div.SwiftPreview-cover81645{pointer-events: none;top:5px;position:absolute;z-index: 999}img.SwiftPreview-loading81645{display:none;position:absolute;}iframe.SwiftPreview-iframe81645{display: block;overflow: auto;visibility: visible;border: 0;padding: 0px;margin: 0pxwidth: auto;height: auto;position: absolute;left: 7px;top: 7px;-webkit-transform-origin: left top;background-color:white;}
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You can count on the federal census to reveal numerous facts about your forebears. Boost your census smarts with this guide, and make new headway in your research.
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Look here for ancestors who lived west of the Rockies.
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1880 census research gets a big boost from a huge CD-ROM set.
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Genealogists are chomping at the bit for 2012’s release of the 1940 census. Here’s how to be prepared for that wonderful occasion.
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