Take note if your ancestors lived in Florida: The subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com
has added a collection of several Sunshine State censuses
: 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935 and 1945 (these last two can help fill in gaps after the latest federal census open to researchers in 1930).
These records total 3.8 million names—some of which may sound familiar, such as actress Faye Dunaway, a 4-year-old in 1945; former attorney general Janet Reno, who lived in Dade County at age 6 in 1945; and NASCAR founder William France, Sr., a Daytona auto mechanic in 1935.
Not all states took censuses, but where they're available, they're great for researching between federal censuses. State censuses taken around 1890 can substitute for that missing federal census. Find a state-by-state list of state censuses here
. Records are usually on microfilm at the state archives or library, as well as at the Family History Library
(you can borrow the film through a Family History Center
Ancestry.com has censuses from states besides Florida, including Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, New York and others.