How do I get to Census Data from the Family Search homepage?
A couple of years ago I could insert an ancestor and link to census data. Don't seem to be able to do that now. Do I have to be a member of Ancestry.com? There is an LDS genaeology site nearby. I guess I can go there.
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@Nancy Zalewski , what you probably want to do is go to a specific census. For my example, I'll use an Iowa State census.
Go to the main search page and use the Browse All Collections field to start typing in the census you want:
I'll pick the 1915 census. That brings me to the main page for that census:
Clicking Browse All Images brings up a first page of waypoints:
Pick the right area to go to a second set of waypoints:
Pick the right range, then browse through the images:
The same process works for all the Federal census, also:0
Are you referring to the Search feature of FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/search/
Are you signed in? All users of FS are now required to have a free FS account before viewing records.
Which country's (or state's) census are you trying to view? There's a good chance that someone on this forum will be able to help you if you tell us. The arrangements for viewing records often change due to contracts between the record owner and the various different genealogical websites.1
Yes, that is the site to which I am referring. And, yes I have an account and am signed in. Looking for access to U.S. Census material to track down ancestors.0
I just typed in a name into the FS Search engine and found records from the 1940 US Census. There's nothing to suggest anything is wrong. The US Censuses have always been freely accessible through FS, and the contract between them and the US National Archives (NARA) which guarantees this is publicly available on the website of NARA.
However I do know that the UK Censuses have recently been having issues. Some users have reported inconsistent results and "disappearing" records.
Could you provide more details? Perhaps a screenshot?
You can also access the US censuses from several other websites including Ancestry.com and FindMyPast. Many public libraries have free subscriptions to those websites, and during the pandemic many libraries are letting library members access those websites for free at home (instead of having to be at the library in person). Family History Centers (FHCs), which are the genealogy centers of FamilySearch/the LDS church, also have free access to Ancestry.com and FindMyPast. However FHCs are currently effectively closed due to IT maintenance. They are expected to be available for online research again in early September.0
Thank you for the good information. I entered several names and never got any census data. There is a FHC near me. I will be out of town for 10 days and by the time I get back they should be up and running again.0
I can no longer get to a state census that will allow me to get to a specific state and then a specific county and then a specific city so I can scan the complete census for that city. My families are mostly from small places in Wisconsin and I have found so may people that I couldn't find in the index because they were not written clearly or indexed incorrectly for whatever reason. Can I still do that?0