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Genealogy site MyHeritage
announced that it has added the entire collection of US decennial censuses from 1790
to 1930—searchable indexes and record images.
MyHeritage has offered the 1940 US census since shortly after it was released to the
public last year.
The census records are accessible with a MyHeritage.com
annual data subscription (on spacial for $6.35 per month, billed annually) or
with prepurchased credits (5,600
credits cost $39.95 and are good for 180 days). That’s except for the 1940 census,
which is free to search and view, along with select other collections.
If you have a tree on MyHeritage, the census records also will be included in Record
Matching notifications. Also in MyHeritage.com’s records collection are vital,
military, immigration, newspaper and other records.
Census records are among the most popular resources for family historians, and often
the starting point for new researchers. This addition brings MyHeritage into closer
competition with Ancestry.com as a commercial provider
of records for genealogy research.
I’m still checking into where MyHeritage’s 1790-to-1930 census records were imaged
and indexed. (Update: That information isn’t being released due to a confidentiality
agreement, according to MyHeritage spokesperson Schelly Talalay Dardashti.) Its 1940
census was indexed separately from both the records on Ancestry.com and those on FamilySearch/findmypast/Archives.com,
giving you another search option for hard-to-find family in 1940.
Another plus for using MyHeritage.com: The website is available in 40
languages, making its records searchable by people all over the world who had
family in the United States.