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Genealogy & History: U.S. Census

Whether you're just starting to create your family tree, or you're a dedicated family researcher, this guide will point you to helpful resources so you can learn more about who you are and where you came from.

Census Microfilm at the Walnut Creek Library

Contra Costa County

  • 1860 Census: Contra Costa County (microfiche)
  • 1930 Census: Contra Costa County (microfilm)

California (all counties)

  • 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 Censuses (microfilm)
  • 1852 California State Census (microfilm)
  • 1880 Census: California Soundex (microfilm)
  • 1900 Census: California Soundex (microfilm)

Other States

  • 1790 Census: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia (microfilm)
  • 1880 Census: Colorado (microfilm)
  • 1900 Census Enumeration District Descriptions (microfilm)
  • 1910 Census Enumeration District Descriptions: Alabama to Florida (microfilm

Microform reader printers are available for your convenience. Printing is $0.15 per page, nickels and dimes only.

Census Microfilm from the National Archives

Looking for census records for states other than California?

If you need microfilm for other states, you may want to inquire at a Church of Christ Latter-day Saints History Center or request the reels you need directly from the U.S. National Archives.

Microfilm Publications Available Through the National Archives Microfilm Rental Program

  • Census Records
    • 1790-1930
  • Genealogical Revolutionary War Records
  • New Freedmen's Bureau Records

Click here for more information on how to use the National Archives Microfilm Rental Program.

Microfilm may rented for as low as $2.50 a roll and then brought to the Walnut Creek Library to be read on a microfilm reader.

The Contra Costa County Library fee-based interlibrary loan (ILL) service is being replaced by a free, self-service model called Link+ and the Library is  no longer is able to interlibrary loan microfilm from the National Archives.

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