Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

Need a census page but don’t have a subscription to or other pay site? It’s 1 am and the library is closed?

The Internet Archive has the entire 1790-1930 US Census set, available for free. But there is no index to help you find the page you want.

So, how can you quickly and rather painlessly find the page you want? This is my method:

1) I want to find the 1910 census page for my 2nd great-grandfather, Miles F Stanley, so I go to and the 1910 US Census collection:>Search>Records>Click on US map>United States>United States Census, 1910

2) I locate 2GGF Stanley using the Search function

3) I go to 2GGF Stanley’s search results page:


4) I then scroll to the bottom of the page to “Citing this Record”:


Here I note the state, county, enumeration district and page number, as I will use these to find 2GGF Stanley!

5) Next stop is  the Internet Archives United States Census page, where I scroll down to and click on the 13th Population Census of the United States-1910 link:


6) I click on the Texas link:


7) And locate and click on the link for Palo Pinto County :


8) At the bottom of the page, I use the little hand to scroll through the pages, looking for the Enumeration District, then Page Number (usually in numerical order, sort of). I tend to scan by 1/2 to 1 inch increments across the slider to find the ED, then search page-by-page (I prefer Full Screen, Single Page to view the images):


And here is my 2nd great-grandfather, Miles F Stanley, located in ED 191, on Line 1 of Sheet 17a:


I simply right-click my mouse, select Save Image As…, save the page to 2GGF Stanley’s file, and now I have that census page, for FREE!

This entire process took less than 5 minutes.


This Genealogy On A Budget series presents links to free online genealogy databases.


The Portal to Texas History is a wonderful resource for researchers studying Texas ancestors:

The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor’s picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you’ll return often to discover our latest additions.

Portal to Texas History

This is a vast site, so be prepared to spend some time just looking around and getting the “feel” of the place. The search function is a bit difficult to master, but be patient. There is a wealth of genealogical data to be mined at The Portal to Texas History.

Some of my findings include 1909 and 1920 city directory pages listing my 2nd great-grandfather Miles Francis Stanley I and numerous 1800′s newspaper articles mentioning my 4th great-grandfather John Hamilton.




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