Need a census page but don’t have a subscription to Ancestry.com 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 FamilySearch.org and the 1910 US Census collection:
FamilySearch.org>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.