Thursday, May 15, 2008

Footnote gives 1860 U. S. Census a new twist

As noted on, the 1860 U.S. Census made an appearance at historical records subscription site this past week and brings something "a bit different to the table," - allowing users to enhance census listings by adding photos, stories, comments and related documents. has included the 1860 U.S. Census to its Civil War collection which also includes service records of Confederate soldiers, a pension index for Union soldiers, and Southern Claims Commission files. Footnote is also working with FamilySearch and the National Archives to digitize the actual pension applications for Union widows -- this alone is excellent news!

The new 1860 U.S. Census database is available online to paid subscribers at, and is also available for free to users at local Family History Centers and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. If you're unable to locate someone you expect to find, don't panic. As of today the 1860 census database is only 66% complete, with the rest to come.

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