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The 1790 United States Census

By Sunny Morton (FamilySearch Blog)


The United States took its first census in 1790, just a year after George Washington was inaugurated as the first president. For such a young nation, the 1790 census was a staggering feat given the country’s lack of experience and limits in printing and transportation. Over the course of 18 months, census takers gathered and recorded data for about 3.9 million people almost entirely by hand.

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