1940 census will be released on April 2, 2012.It will take several months to transcribe all the states.
Facts you should know about the early census records - All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc… NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted” Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children” Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces +++
TN Vital Records - The Vital Statistics Law, established by Chapter 30, Public Acts of 1913, was passed and became effective January 1, 1914, for statewide registration of birth & death registration. The Tennessee Office of Vital Records retains birth records from 1914.(NOTE:Beginning in 2014, birth records will begin transferring to the Tennessee State Library & Archive since we retain the birth records for 100 years.Then they will transfer on a year by year schedule.)Death records are only retained by our office for 50 years.Once the death records become 50 years old they are transferred to the Library & Archive also.Presently we have death records from 1960 to the present. Once the records are transferred to the L & A, they become true public records and anyone can access them.
Shirley Clark, ASA 4 Office of Vital Records Tennessee Department of Health 421 5th Ave N 1st Floor Central Svcs Bldg Nashville, TN 37243 Shirley.Clark@tn.gov
TRY - Find a grave – FREE SITE - volunteer site all states; frequently has headstone pic DO NOT SEARCH FOR A MARRIED WOMAN USING HER MAIDEN NAME.