1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 5, 2020 1:11 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking maps that correspond to US Census records


      Are there maps that correspond to the US Census records?  I would like to pinpoint where my ancestors lived on the map over time.

        • Re: Seeking maps that correspond to US Census records
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Sawyer,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The U.S. Census Bureau and its predecessors did not create maps showing the location of each household.  The population schedules identify the state and local jurisdictions and, beginning in 1880, they recorded street addresses where applicable.


          Beginning in 1880, the Census Bureau created enumeration district maps showing the boundaries of the districts. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Enumeration District and Related Maps, 1880 - 1990 in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29). Some of these maps have been digitized and may be accessed online using the Catalog. In addition, we located Enumeration District Descriptions, 1850 - 1950 in Record Group 29 that includes textual descriptions of the census enumeration districts. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC) via email at carto@nara.gov.


          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 RDSC. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!