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Any census index or transcription in printed or database format does not present original data. The data has been transcribed, edited, and re-formatted. Some errors may occur along the way. In every case, the researcher is advised to use an index to locate the actual census entry and then read the census record yourself. Census citations can have a primary focus on the census year and type or on the person being researched. Either is acceptable. See the 1850 census for an example of both citations.
Elements of the citation could include: state, county, city or town, township, ward, year, type of census, enumeration district, printed page number, handwritten page number, dwelling number, family number, name of person, name of agency that created the microfilm, micropublication, roll number, Web page title, URL, title of record, any identifying information.
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1 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007), 276.
2 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997), 74.
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