The schedules are the records of who lived where when the decennial censuses were taken and are highly valued by genealogists. There is a 72 year restriction on the release of these records. To date, the 1930 schedules are available on microfilm. A fire destroyed almost all of the 1890 records. The CSUS Library has purchased microfilm for northern California cities and counties. They are available in the Gov Docs microfiche cabinets on 2 North under the call number C 3.23. The contents note indicates which counties are on which reel of microfilm. This film needs to be viewed in the Library Media Center (1st floor).
Census schedules are also available at:
The California History Room http://www.library.ca.gov/calhist/index.html The California State Library has all the microfilm for the State of California that has been released.
National Archives and Record Administration Pacific Region http://www.archives.gov/facilities/ca/san_francisco.html The National Archives' office in San Bruno California has microfilm for all states and years released.
The Mormon Temple in Sacramento collects microfilm selectively. Contact the Sacramento Family History Center at 916-487-2090 for more information.
The 1940 Census will be digitally released on April 2, 2012.
The official 1940 Census is an invaluable resource for genealogists, historians, and the public. "Getting Started" area, visitors will learn how the census works and the best way to search for specific records. The steps include five discrete directions for correcting locating a specific individual in the 1940 census records. The "Census Search" allows users to search for people by location or enumeration districts.