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The turn of the century into the 1900s was a tumultuous time for the United States. Increased mobility, industrialization, and increased immigration brought many people to all parts of the country. For many of us, this time period and the decades just preceding it are when we find record of an ancestor or a branch of the family first coming to the U.S.

As a research tool the 1900 U.S. Census is indispensable. Not only does it capture all families in the country at this critical point, but it was the first census to ask for detailed immigration information — the place of birth of each individual and his or her parents, and citizenship status with year of immigration, year of naturalization, and number of years in the U.S.

The 1900 U.S. Census has traditionally been viewed on microfilm at a library or archive, but Genealogy.com has scanned in the census pages and made them available to view online. This lesson will show you how to research using the 1900 Census images on Genealogy.com.

To begin, we will search the available states for an ancestor: Frank Gunby. The 1900 Census is part of the Online Data Libraries, so start by clicking the "My Genealogy.com" button at the top of the page, and then choose "My Online Data Library" from the drop-down menu or the menu on the left side of the My Genealogy.com page.

Online Data Libraries page

On the Online Data Library page, there is a search box. To find matches on a name in the 1900 Census, just type in a last name (a first name is optional), and then choose to search in the 1900 Census. Click "Search" to start the search.

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