Batch person search by place of residence in historical US census?


My database contains the names of a long list of individuals and their place of residence, and I would like to retrieve the demographic information (gender, race, age, etc.) about the individuals the historical US censuses by the individuals’ place of residence.

I have looked into the APIs of various genealogy websites, but by far I have not found one that allows access to their historic records. For example, has indexed most of the historical US census, but they don’t have a public API.

I wonder whether there is any other way to search individuals in historical records?


Posted 2017-06-29T14:00:16.373

Reputation: 21


– PolyGeo – 2017-06-29T20:27:19.873

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– Jan Murphy – 2017-06-30T15:48:36.443

1In my opinion, any attempt to automate genealogy in this way will fail. A computer cannot understand and make a decision whether the correct record is found based on nothing more than a name and a place. This is compounded by the extremely high rate of transcription errors, illegible records, and incorrect information contained in the records. already tries to do this with it's "Hints", and more often than not they "find" records for completely unrelated individuals. If you do this, be prepared to manually go through 10,000 records to correct all the errors. – Harry Vervet – 2017-07-02T16:15:52.757

What genealogical purpose do you have for this information? Could you retrieve it from the reports that were generated by the Census Bureau? For the 19th century reports, look at Google Books, Hathi Trust, etc. and the website of the Government Printing office. – Jan Murphy – 2017-07-03T16:22:54.440

@HarryVervet Hi, thanks for the input. Good points about the problem with the search. I am also looking into this related thread, very interesting. (

– iuiu – 2017-07-03T19:39:12.260

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