Digital Data from 19th Century Census

If I wanted a digital copy of the census during the 19th century, how would I acquire a copy? Here, I want the data, not just to review online.

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  • Do you want a digital copy of a census page?  Or do you want to have complete digital copies of a whole census?

    Downloading a single page:

    You can download a copy of each page of the census individually from several online vendors (free and subscription) such as Family Search, Ancestry, Fold3, and the National Archives Online Catalog.

    • On Ancestry, Fold3, and Family search, be sure to click "view image" (or a thumbnail of the page) for the actual census page and then there will be a place to download the document to your computer somewhere on the page. 
    • In the NARA Online Catalog, you just click the little arrow under the document online copy and save it to your computer

    Digital Copies of a whole census:

    • The 1940 census is available in it's entirety on the NARA website, but you have to download each page individually to your computer. 
    • Or you can go to a facility of the National Archives or LDS Family History Centers and copy from microfilm (if they still have it).  Call first to be sure they have a digital scanner.  It will still be a page-by-page copy
    • There are a few private companies that have scanned whole rolls of microfilm for sale as digital copies.  You can search for them on Google.
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  • Do you want a digital copy of a census page?  Or do you want to have complete digital copies of a whole census?

    Downloading a single page:

    You can download a copy of each page of the census individually from several online vendors (free and subscription) such as Family Search, Ancestry, Fold3, and the National Archives Online Catalog.

    • On Ancestry, Fold3, and Family search, be sure to click "view image" (or a thumbnail of the page) for the actual census page and then there will be a place to download the document to your computer somewhere on the page. 
    • In the NARA Online Catalog, you just click the little arrow under the document online copy and save it to your computer

    Digital Copies of a whole census:

    • The 1940 census is available in it's entirety on the NARA website, but you have to download each page individually to your computer. 
    • Or you can go to a facility of the National Archives or LDS Family History Centers and copy from microfilm (if they still have it).  Call first to be sure they have a digital scanner.  It will still be a page-by-page copy
    • There are a few private companies that have scanned whole rolls of microfilm for sale as digital copies.  You can search for them on Google.
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