Censuses: Making the Past Personal

The U.S. federal census is a remarkable tool for exploring the everyday lives of our ancestors. While we hear about demographic trends from the latest censuses, historical censuses (1940 and earlier) give us information on individuals: addresses, places of birth, occupations, ages, languages, education levels, and much more. This personal data allows us to explore race, citizenship, neighborhoods, migration, immigration, urbanization, and social history at the micro level. Discover why the census is a primary source your students can't afford to overlook.