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Published: Genealogical Publishing, 1992
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Review by Choice Review

Obtaining state information of any kind is a challenge to researchers; state statistical information is often so elusive that research cannot be generalized but must be conducted state by state. State census data is often overlooked as useful research material. Genealogist Lainhart demonstrates finely tuned research skill in this guide to state census information. Arranged alphabetically by state name, the book offers data whose type and depth vary depending on information available for each state. Some census years are indexed, others are not. Lists other than territorial, county, or state census reports are included if pertinent to census data. Formats of state data include original manuscripts and facsimiles, microfilm, journals, and brochures. Fees charged for services are noted. Reference to the contact agency or historical society is always given as a communiqu'e link for the researcher. Historical/genealogical researchers now have an additional tool to unlock previously obscure information. Fits nicely with Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, ed. by Alice Eichholz (CH, Mar'90). Graduate; faculty. L. Holzhausen; Washburn University of Topeka

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Review by Booklist Review

Genealogists, demographers, and social historians will welcome the publication of State Census Records, which systematically inventories censuses conducted by the states and the prestatehood territories. These records were compiled at various times for different reasons; some are voter-registration lists, some are tax rolls, and some are simple enumerations to justify defense measures or granting statehood. Their value has long been recognized for their usefulness in filling gaps left by missing federal censuses and for information that complements federal censuses. State censuses often asked different questions than the federal censuses regarding naturalization, education, parents' place of marriage, and details of military service. Local census takers occasionally added notes of personal interest, such as "Oldest person in town" and "Born at sea." In addition, state censuses are opened to the public more quickly than allowed by the federal census' 72-year moratorium. Preparing for a speech at the 1988 convention of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the author discovered that earlier attempts to describe state censuses were incomplete and sometimes inaccurate. She surveyed state archives, libraries, and historical societies and compiled an inventory for the convention. Lainhart subsequently contacted genealogists and local historians in each state to update, revise, and expand the 1988 booklet to its present format. Arranged alphabetically by state, the entries begin with the current location(s) of manuscript copies of the censuses and then detail the kinds of information found in each. When appropriate, entries are divided county by county and sometimes district by district. Reference is made to published sources of the data, extant indexes and indexes in progress, and sources and procedures for research assistance offered by state and local agencies. Credit is given to local experts who provided information for the survey, offering yet another lead for persistent researchers. Information is provided for 44 states. The author asserts that no state or territorial censuses exist for Connecticut, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont; however, she includes entries for Kentucky, Montana, and Ohio that describe potentially useful demographic records, such as school, tax, and voter lists. A curious omission is West Virginia, which has no entry and is not listed among the states without such records. While it is logical to examine Virginia's records for pre-1863 information, West Virginia later produced its own tax lists and rosters of veterans and veterans' widows. This volume offers pragmatic information about accessing valuable data and should be part of every collection that supports research in American genealogy and history. (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1992)

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Review by Library Journal Review

Census, the number-one source in genealogy, is a topic in need of detailed finding aids. Nowhere is this more true than for state census records, which rank with federal census records as a major genealogical resource. Some state census records are available only in a state institution, while others exist on microfilm. Some microfilmed records can be obtained on inter library loan from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Lainhart's inventory of state census records untangles the availability of state census information with the most comprehensive list ever published. Until now, we have relied on Henry J. Dubester's pioneering booklet, State Census: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States (1948), and several articles. Lainhart's book lists for each state what is available, where it is located, and what kind of data are included. By adding a new and welcome dimension to the census research process, his book is an essential acquisition for institutions and individuals engaged in census research. While genealogists will find the book invaluable, it should also have broad appeal to social science researchers, lawyers, demographers, and others.-- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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