Can the NAPP data be used for genealogical purposes?
No. NAPP data cannot be used for genealogical purposes.
The original transcription of the United States 1880, British 1881, and Canadian 1881 censuses was undertaken by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) who provided the data for social scientific research with the stipulation that it not be available for genealogical research. Similarly the Swedish censuses were transcribed by the National Archives of Sweden, who charge for access to the data for genealogical purposes. We screen all applications for use to ensure that genealogists who wish to use the data are directed to a more appropriate site.
The LDS provide a free searchable interface to the data at Family Search. Please use this website for searching these three censuses. The Norwegian Historical Data Center maintains a searchable interface to the Norwegian censuses in Norwegian and English. A searchable interface to the Swedish censuses is available.
Our continuing provision of the data for social science research relies on these provisions against genealogical use of the data being upheld. Misusing the data by violating any of the conditions detailed above constitutes a violation of the user agreement and may lead to professional censure, loss of employment, or civil prosecution under relevant national and international laws, and to sanctions against your institution, at the discretion of the University of Minnesota and the other institutions collaborating on the North Atlantic Population Project.
For further resources on genealogical research, please see the National Archives of the following participating countries:
Other limited genealogical information can be found at Ancestry, Rootsweb, 1901 Census of England and Wales, and Index to the 1901 Census of Canada. Please note that links to these sites do not imply an endorsement of their contents by the North Atlantic Population Project.