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1880 Census on CD-ROM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the release of the 1880 U.S. Census on CD-ROM, a major research tool for family history enthusiasts. South Lake Tahoe LDS Family History Center Library has received these CDs and they are available to the public for research.

The new database is the largest census to date to be automated. It is the culmination of 17 years and 11.5 million hours of work and encompasses a whopping 56 CDs.

By simply entering an ancestor’s name users can quickly search the 50,475, 366 inhabitants of the 38 United States and eight territories as they existed in 1880. They can discover the whereabouts and other detailed information regarding their relatives in June 1880.

“This new automated census has a far-reaching impact on family history research in the U.S. because it opens access to a highly significant source of information for all families in all parts of the U.S. in 1880,” said David E. Rencher, director of the Family History Library at Salt Lake City, Utah. “Because the 1890 census was destroyed by fire, there is no other federal source like this for 20 years. It makes the 1880 U.S. Census of tremendous value,” Rencher said.

Volunteers in the center will assist people in placing microfilm/microfiche orders and in doing their own research.

The Family History Center is located on the corner of Spruce and Herbert streets in the church building. The center is open to the public from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For information call (530) 544-1214.s

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