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In order to determine that you are ready to start your census transcription please consult the following checklist:

  1. Have you picked county, state, ed?

  2. If you haven't, please visit the State Census Index to find one that is available for transcription.
  3. 1790 to 1870 we assign by Subdistricts (1 roll maximum).
  4. 1880 to 1920 we assign by Enumeration Districts (EDs). For more information, please visit our page on Enumeration District(s)
  5. Have you signed up?

  6. Go to the Sign Up page and choose the year you wish to transcribe.
  7. Follow the directions and submit your choice.
  8. If you have a forms-challenged browser, contact the Census Project Coordinator, Maggie Stewart at
  9. Have you obtained a source?

  11. Visit our Census Location Page(s).
  12. Free & Inexpensive Sources
  13. Commercial Sources
  14. National Archives
  15. What tool will you use to transcribe? Do you have a database program/template?
  16. CTA (only for years 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820 & 1850) PC Only [This is available by request from Kevin Fraley]
  17. CART (only for years 1850, 1860, and 1870) PC Only
  18. CENTRANS (currently for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920) MAC & PC [The programmer is writing updates which will eventually include all years.]
  19. TEMPLATES for all years and some specialty census schedules. [These are available by request from Maggie Stewart. Please use "templates" as the subject of your email and include what year and type of template that you need.]
  20. What to expect after the sign up has been submitted.
  21. You will receive a welcome letter.
  22. You will need to submit to us some information.
  23. Once this information is submitted you will receive an assignment confirmation, be added to the Census Transcriber Mailing List (USGWARCH-CEN-L) and further information.
  24. Where do I look for additional help.

  25. Contact your State Census Coordinator (SCC).
  26. Tutorial By Year (These pages contain links to templates and programs to use during transcription. Just click on the year you are interested in transcribing and read the information provided.)

    | 1790 | 1800 | 1810 | 1820 | 1830 | 1840 | 1850 |
    | 1860 | 1870 | 1880 | 1890 | 1900 | 1910 | 1920 |

  27. Join the USGWARCH-CART-L mailing list for questions about the CART Database Program.
  28. Join the USGW-ACP-CENTRANS-L mailing list for questions about the CenTrans Database Program.
  29. RootsWeb Census FAQs Message Board

About Standard Format:

To standardize means to bring into conformity with a standard.

The elements of a Census Project standardized transcription from the transcribers standpoint include:
1. Every field filled in
2. All appropriate blanks filled in (not *all* blanks are needed to be filled in. a wife's occupation but.. anywhere there are ditto's.. or presumed dittos'.. the field must be filled in
3. Visit Notes for you to keep while working on your transcription page.

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