1880 Census: Next Steps

Once you've found your ancestor in the 1880 U.S. Census, here are some possible next steps, based on the information found in this record.

>> Look for the family in other censuses (1900, 1870, etc.). Search U.S. census population schedules at Ancestry.com.

>> Plot the address on a map and look for churches and cemeteries in the area. Search for historical maps on Ancestry.com.

>> Track the family using city or county directories. Search the U.S. City Directory Collection at Ancestry.com.

>> Using the age (and month of birth if born in the census year from column 13) and place of birth, seek out birth records for all family members possible. Search the U.S birth records that are available on Ancestry.com. 

>> Estimate marriage year, possibly through the births of children, and look for marriage record. Column 14 asks whether couples were married within the census year. Search the U.S. vital records that are available on Ancestry.com. 

>>  Note places of birth for individuals and whether their parents were of foreign birth (columns 11 and 12) . For immigrants, try to estimate immigration dates, possibly using dates and places of birth of various members of the household and search for passenger arrival records. Ancestry.com has a large collection of passenger arrival records in the Immigration Collection.

>> For immigrants, look for potential naturalization records. If you can find the immigrant in the 1920 census, it also includes the date which can help you narrow your search. Ancestry.com has a growing collection of naturalization records in the Immigration Collection.

>>  If your ancestor was a male, born between ca. 1872 and 1900 and living in the U.S. at the time of World War I, search the World War I Draft Registrations on Ancestry.com. More than 24 million men, both immigrants and native-born citizens, registered for the draft, many of whom were never actually served.

>> Start a family tree on Ancestry.com to organize your finds and locate more records. 

>> Share your find. Take a minute to share your find with family members. It may prompt them to reciprocate with information that they have, and it could even spark a memory that will help bring your family’s story to life.