Genealogy Introduction—Census Records at the National Archives

PROGRAM: Know Your Records Program – Introduction to Genealogy (5 of 5 videos) LECTURE TITLE: Census Records by Constance Potter LECTURE DESCRIPTION: Archivist Constance Potter discusses US Federal Census records from 1790 to 1930 and how they can be used for genealogical research. Census records are available in digital or microfilm form. LECTURER’S BIOGRAPHY: Constance Potter, an archivist at the National Archives in Washington, DC, specializes in federal records of interest to genealogists. She worked on the release of the 1920 and 1930 censuses. She is the editor for “Genealogy Notes” in Prologue, the Journal of the National Archives and has written about the history of the National Archives for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and various topics for Prologue. Potter is a regular speaker at the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the National Institute on Genealogical Research as well as local genealogical groups in Virginia and Maryland. LEARN MORE: Know Your Records program at or e-mail