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Research Guide to Census Records

The historical society offers access to the U.S. Census from 1790-1930 via Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online, both of which are available from the four public terminals in our reading room. This electronic access is generally the most efficient method of searching and viewing census records. We also hold limited and scattered census records for other Pennsylvania counties. There are no Soundex indices available at this time.

Researchers might also wish to consult the follwing specialized censuses, which can all be found in the reading room.

  • 1890 Civil War Union Veteran & Widow, Special Census (microfilm drawer no. 14)
  • Agricultural & Federal Census Schedules, 1850-1880, for the following townships: Brecknock, Caernarvon, Earl, East Cocalico, East Earl, and West Earl (LC 312 F853)
  • Agricultural & Federal Census Schedules for Lancaster Co., 1850-1880 (microfilm drawer no. 14)
  • Lancaster City & County directories, 1843, 1857-2001
  • Manufacturer's Census for Lancaster Co., 1820, 1850-1880 (microfilm drawer no. 14)
  • Mortality schedules for Lancaster Co., 1880 (microfilm drawer no. 14)
  • Pennsylvania Mortality Schedule (1850 - 1870), printed (on top of microfilm cabinet)
  • Septenial Census for Lancaster Co., 1779, 1786, 1793, 1800 (microfilm drawer no. 15)
  • Stemmons and Stemmons, comps. Pennsylvania in 1780: A Statewide Index of circa 1780 Pennsylvania Taxlists (929.35 S824)


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One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

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