Free U.S. and Canadian Census Records for Labor Day: Learn Your Ancestors’ Professions

Free U.S. and Canadian Census Records for Labor Day: Learn Your Ancestors’ Professions

What did your ancestors do for a living? How did they support their families? Learning your ancestors’ occupations can help paint a richer picture of their lives — and one of the best resources for discovering occupations is census records.

We’re pleased to announce that in honor of Labor Day, from August 30–September 6, 2022, we are offering free access to all U.S. and Canadian census records.

The United States has conducted a census of its population every 10 years since 1790. Canada began conducting colonial censuses in 1665, but its first national census was conducted in 1871. In Canada, censuses are taken every 5 years.

MyHeritage offers the full set of currently available U.S. census records from 1790 to 1950, and important national censuses from Canada starting in 1825. Both collections include high-resolution scans. These records offer important snapshots of the lives of people living in the United States and Canada throughout history. Censuses are particularly valuable in that they can help you watch the lives of your ancestors unfold as they move from location to location, get married or divorced, have children, or change careers. They often include important details on each person’s occupation, including their trade and industry.

Search U.S. censuses on MyHeritage now for free

Search Canadian censuses on MyHeritage now for free

Records on MyHeritage are always free to search, but to view the records, you generally need a paid Data or Complete plan. This week, however, all U.S. census records are completely free for all to access and enjoy.

The Census Helper™

Before you dive in, have you tried the Census Helper™ yet? The Census Helper™ is a free tool that scans your family tree and automatically produces a list of individuals in your family who are likely to have been included in a given census. The tool works for all major censuses from the United States, Canada, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Denmark, and Norway.

You can check out this Knowledge Base article to learn more about how to use it: Jump-start Your 1950 Census Research With Census Helper™ 

This offer ends September 6, so don’t wait — search U.S. censuses and Canadian censuses on MyHeritage now for free!