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Government Documents and Information: Genealogy

This guide is a portal to Yale's government information collections and related research tools.

Government information and genealogy research

Government documents, whether housed in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) or available through free or subscription databases, can be valuable sources for genealogists. These resources might also be used by researchers exploring demographic trends or tracking down biographical details about individuals.

Can I look up an individual in the census?

Access to individual census records is available from 1790-1940. There is a 72-year restriction on access to individual census records, so records from 1950 will become available in 2022.

Excellent starting points for genealogy research

Genealogy database (Yale subscription)

Melanie Maksin

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Melanie Maksin
Center for Science and Social Science Information
219 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06520
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