Before the first recorded census there was the 1783 tax record, in some states. Then comes the 1789 tax record, again only in some states. Many of Virginia's early records were burned by the British. A real issue for a genealogist! ;p
Family History Volunteers Reach Billion-Record Milestone - In less than seven years, volunteers have added one billion searchable records to FamilySearch.org, the free family history website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.