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 About Census Online

Census Online was founded in 1996 by Mark Reed, then a 19 year old Electrical Engineering junior at the University of Michigan.   The foundation of the site was Mark's 402-page transcription of the 1850 census for Greene County, Tennessee.  In October 1996, Mark published a list of links to the other 25 similar census transcriptions that existed online.  Prior to that time, no centralized directory existed for locating these records as they appeared on various personal web sites scattered across all corners of the internet.  Over the past eight years, Census Online has grown from 25 links to nearly 40,000 and serves as the internet's primary starting point for locating online census transcriptions.

Special appreciation goes out to all of those individuals who have devoted countless hours to transcribing records and hosting such records on their own personal sites or elsewhere.   Additional thanks to all of those people who have generously submitted new links or assisted in identifying broken links (50 to 150 links are reported broken each day!) and assisted in the maintainance of this site.   Finally, thank you for the never-ending flow of kind words of encouragement that have been received ever since the 1996 launch.  We are glad to help you find your way!


 About Mark Reed

Mark Reed, age 30, is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSE Eletrical Engineering, BSE Computer Engineering) and now a resident of Virginia.   He is currently the Web Operations Manager and a partner of Spider Strategies, an IT company specializing in Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and Balanced Scorecard solutions:  

Spider Strategies: Balanced Scorecard Solutions

Mark has been an avid genealogist since age 14, with his main focus on Greene Co., Tennessee (his father's lines) and Ontario, Canada (his mother's lines).   Besides his American and Canadian heritage, Mark's ancestry includes English, Scotch, Irish, Scots-Irish, Welsh, German, Dutch, Swiss, and French origins.  



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