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Dear Ms. Ballard,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
For an overview on how to begin your research, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy. In addition, the document Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers may be useful. We also suggest that you verify your family lineage by carefully consulting primary documents such as birth, marriage, and death records. These documents can ensure that the same names and vital dates are maintained for each generation.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1790 Census, Population Schedules for the 1800 Census, Population Schedules for the 1810 Census, Population Schedules for the 1820 Census, Population Schedules for the 1830 Census, Population Schedules for the 1840 Census, Population Schedules for the 1850 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1870 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census, in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information to verify your lineage. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires. Even though the census before 1850 only listed the head of the household by name, and the rest of the family members by sex & age, you can often use that information to infer the individual’s relationship. See NARA’s Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840 for more information.
You may wish to search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
There are several Abraham Lincoln lineages online that you may wish to consult. We also suggest that you utilize the documents available at the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, the Abraham Lincoln the Man - Lincoln Memorial (US National Park Service) and Papers of Abraham Lincoln | National Archives to help verify your lineage.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank you Cara. Great leads. Working on it!