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Texas became the 28th state on December 29, 1845
Capital - Austin
Motto - Friendship
Nickname - Lone Star
StateSong - Texas, Our Texas
Flower - Bluebonnet
Tree- Pecan
Bird - Mockingbird

In memory of
Malcom Luther "Mike" Basham 
First TXGenWeb State Coordinator
25 May 1942
15 September 1997

Adjacent Counties:

   Willacy County, TX - N
   Hidalgo County, TX - NW
   Mexico, WorldGenWeb
   Matamoros, Tamaulipas, MX - S

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Census' of Cameron County TX

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Please check back often, as I will be adding new information as I can. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please feel free to contact me. Doc Ellis


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1880 1890 1900
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In the navigation above, each Federal Census is broken down by the "Transcription/Image" as well as any other Schedules that might be available for each particular Census.

The "home" page for each Census has an explanation of the census (FAQ, features, etc.)

The U. S. Federal Census has been a passion of mine for several years. If you have any questions concerning the Census, how to find information or need an ancestor looked up, please let me know. It does not need to be just Cameron County or Texas. It can be anywhere nationwide.


United States Federal Census

The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution: Article I, Section 2, says, "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ... . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years". The United States Census Bureau (officially the Bureau of the Census, as defined in Title 13 U.S.C. § 11) is responsible for the United States Census.

The first census after the American Revolution was taken in 1790, under Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; there have been 22 federal censuses since that time. The current national census was held in 2010 and the next census is scheduled for 2020 and much of it will be done using the internet. For years between the decennial censuses, the Census Bureau issues estimates made using surveys and statistical models, in particular, the American Community Survey.

Title 13 of the United States Code governs how the Census is conducted and how its data is handled. Information is confidential as per 13 U.S.C. § 9. Refusing or neglecting to answer the census is punishable by fines of $100, for a property or business agent to fail to provide correct names for the census is punishable by fines of $500, and for a business agent to provide false answers for the census is punishable by fines of $10,000, pursuant to 13 U.S.C. § 221-224.

The United States Census is a population census, which is distinct from the U.S. Census of Agriculture, which is no longer the responsibility of the Census Bureau. It is also distinct from local censuses conducted by some states or local jurisdictions.