The 1850 census was the first census to give the name, sex, color, age, occupation and birthplace of each free member of the household.
In 1820 the Federal Government began requiring ship manifest lists but the early years can be difficult to locate.
When going through old papers, be on the lookout for a Certificate of Naturalization of your ancestor. It was given to them at the time of their Citizenship, however, it contains little information compared to the other naturalization paperwork.
Cemetery Form: These sheets are useful for people who wish to keep track of information in graveyards or sexton’s records.
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Only the 1900 census asks for the person's month and year of birth.