Historic Census Sources At Hyattsville
The Maryland Room does not keep physical copies of census microfilm, but does subscribe to Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, both of which contain historic census data. These may be found by clicking on the "Online Library" tab of our website, and then by choosing the Information Resources and Research Databases link found there. Ancestry.com is accessible only to users inside the branches; there is no remote access.
Book-Form Indexes to some censuses, as described below:
|Census Year||Index(es) Available|
|1776||Md. Room: 317.52 S; 1776 Census of Maryland. Not a Federal Census, though derived from original sources At the Hall of Records in Annapolis. Several Maryland Counties found here, including Prince Georges County.|
|1778||Md. Room: 317.52 S; 1778 Census of Maryland. This census was taken in order to determine who had not signed the Oath of Fidelity. Derived from original sources at the Hall of Records, Annapolis. This includes all existing census records for 1778 in Maryland, i.e. Caroline, Charles and Queen Anne's Counties.|
|1790||Md. Room: 317.52 U; Heads of Families at the First Census: Maryland. Includes both indexing and the full text of census records.|
Md. Room: 317.52 Teeples; Maryland 1800 Census Index.. Gives County, census page and family size info. Indicated in code.
Md. Room: 317.52 Volkel; Index to the 1800 Federal Census for Maryland. 4 vols. Gives County, census page and line number.
Md. Room: 317.52 M; Prince George's County 1800 Census. Full text census for PG County, only, with Index.
|1810||Md. Room: 317.52 Jackson; Maryland 1810 Census. Index gives County, page, minor civil division.|
|1820||Md. Room: 317.52 Jackson; Maryland 1820 Census. Same as 1810.|
|1830||Md. Room: 317.52 Jackson; Maryland 1830 Census. Same as 1810.|
|1840||Md. Room: 317.52 Jackson; Maryland 1840 Census. Same as 1810.|
Md. Room: 317.52 Jackson; Maryland 1850 Census. Same as 1810.
Md. Room: 317.52 Wilcox; 1850 Census of Prince Georges County, MD. Full text of census for PG County, with index.
Md. Room: 317.52 M; Maryland 1850 Slave Schedule Census Index. Same as 1810.
Md. Room: 317.52 M; Maryland 1860 (except the city of Baltimore) Federal Census Index. Same as 1810. This and some other Federal Census' include valuable explanatory sections on the process of census indexing, irregularities (e.g. a section titled "The Principles of Understanding Census Bloopers...") etc.
Md. Room: 317.52 B; Baltimore MD 1860 Federal Census Index. Same as 1810.
|1870||NO INDEX AVAILABLE.*|
|1880||Soundex Index on Microfilm. Instructions for using Soundex are found at the Periodicals desk on the first level of the library.|
|1890||Md. Room: 317.52 D; 1890 Maryland Veterans Census Index. A special census of Civil War Veterans or their widows taken at the same time as the regular population schedules. The census was intended to include only Union Veterans and spouses, but because of the manner in which the census was taken, many Confederates must have been listed by accident.|
|1900||Soundex Index on Microfilm. Soundex instructions at Periodicals desk.|
|1910||NO INDEX AVAILABLE.|
|1920||Soundex Index on Microfilm. Soundex instructions at Periodicals desk.|
|1930||NO INDEX AVAILABLE.*|