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1900 Census: Next Steps

Once you've found your ancestor in the 1900 U.S. Census, here are some possible next steps, based on the information found in this record.

>> Look for the family in other censuses (1910, 1880, etc.). Search U.S. census population schedules at

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

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

>> Using month, year, and place of birth, seek out birth records for all family members possible. Search the U.S birth records that are available on 

>> Verify that you’ve accounted for all of the children born to mothers using the information in columns 11 and 12. Search for additional birth and death records in the U.S. vital records that are available on 

>> Using number of years of present marriage (column 10), calculate estimated marriage year and look for marriage record.  Search the U.S. vital records that are available on 

>> For immigrants, use the immigration date in columns 16 and 17 to help locate passenger arrival records. has a large collection of passenger arrival records in the Immigration Collection.

>> Seek out naturalization records for immigrants if the census indicates they were naturalized. If you can find the immigrant in the 1920 census, it also includes the date which can help you narrow your search. 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 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 to organize your finds and locate more records. 

>> Share your discovery 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.