Free Access to All U.S. Census Records on MyHeritage


The 2020 U.S Census is currently underway and households across America are already responding over the internet, by phone, or by paper questionnaire.

To mark this once-a-decade milestone, searching and viewing all of our U.S. census collections is completely free from March 29th until April 5th, 2020.

Update: We’ve extended this offer until April 12, 2020.

Search all U.S. Censuses on MyHeritage

U.S. Censuses have been taken every ten years since the very first U.S. Census in 1790, after the end of the American Revolution. There have been 22 federal censuses since then. 

What can census records reveal about your family?

Census records contain valuable information just waiting to be discovered. They provide a unique view into the lives of your ancestors at the time of the census, making them a basic foundation of family history research.

Each record typically includes details such as the names of household members, ages, places of birth, residence, occupation, immigration, citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more. Some older U.S. censuses recorded religious affiliation as well.

Census records can reveal information about the daily lives of your ancestors that can be added to your family tree. By comparing multiple censuses, you can trace your family over the years, and often from location to location throughout the country.

Census records can also lead to new connections and relatives. You may be searching for one ancestor and discover additional family members or friends living in the same household whom you knew nothing about.

With over 700 million records from 54 collections in total — 18 federal census collections and 36 state or country census collections — you’re bound to make some fascinating family history discoveries among our U.S. census records.

We hope you enjoy searching these collections free of charge, and that it enhances your family history research.

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  • John Lewis

    March 29, 2020

    How long after the 2020 census will the next decade be released for public consumption?

    • Esther

      April 12, 2020

      Hi John,

      The 1950 census records will be released in April 2022.

      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Shawn Murphy

    March 29, 2020

    Having tested on three different DNA sites it’s become increasingly clear I’ll have to get a Blessing from Above to get the needed info I’ve chased without results.
    Using my son’s Ancestry account hasn’t helped either.
    My late father’s dad was not only an imposter living under the phony name of Patrick Michael Murphy but DNA says he wasn’t his natural father either. On the back of my father’s birth certificate the name of John Murphy is listed as his father. Grandma wouldn’t change it & we now know why. She was living near different John Murphy’s in Tacoma when she got pregnant in 1918 & married the man known as my dad’s father after she was 6 months pregnant. There’s far more to the story & in fact some say worth a book but I wish DNA could match us to someone related to that side of the family.

  • Peggy

    March 30, 2020

    Why isn’t there a census for 1890?

    • Esther

      April 12, 2020

      Hi Peggy,

      Over 99% of the 1890 census records were destroyed by fire and flooding. Of the 62,979,766 people enumerated a total of 6,160 names could be extracted.

      Best, Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Sara Beall Neal

    March 31, 2020

    I am excited and appreciative of this opportunity to see this information !

  • Johnny D lopez

    April 1, 2020

    Want see it

  • Irene Gossett

    April 2, 2020

    I am hopeful that this search will encourage me to find my roots

  • Irene Gossett

    April 2, 2020

    I hope this search will encourge me to find my roots.

  • Diane Brown

    April 5, 2020

    Hi! I am new to researching my family history and I have appreciated and enjoyed the free census searches you have allowed this April 🙂
    I have a question about finding (or not finding!) info in a census:
    in your experience, is it unusual to find that family info “skips” a census or two? I have a family member that I located in the 1900 US census, but I could find no info about this person again until the 1940 census, and then that was only a married son. Is this an unusual occurance?
    Thank you!

  • Dianne Ramey

    April 6, 2020

    I am excited for this opportunity!

  • Florencia Madrid

    April 7, 2020

    I like to go back as far as my great great grandparents coming to America

  • Carolyn Haines

    October 12, 2020

    Looking for my fathers past he was a foster child.Dont even kno