Census Records from the Past

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This page describes the hard copy U.S. census rolls located in the California Room and provides links to online historic census rolls.


Census Rolls in the California Room

The California Room has detailed U.S. census rolls for Santa Clara County covering 1860-1880 and 1900-1930. Fire destroyed the 1890 census rolls for the entire county.

In addition, the California Room has an index to the 1860 and 1870 censuses that helps you find the right information.

Information in the Census Rolls:

  • Names and ages of spouses and children
  • Occupations of adults

Census Rolls Online

These free websites offer historic census rolls online:

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