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1840 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1820, for eighteen months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:

                         Free white males under 5
                        Free Males 5-10
                        Free Males 10-15
                        Free Males 15-20
                        Free Males 20-30
                        Free Males 30-40
                        Free Males 40-50
                        Free Males 50-60
                        Free Males 60-70
                        Free Males 70-80
                        Free Males 80-90
                        Free Males 90-100
                        Free Males over 100
                        Free Females same as males
                        Slaves/free colored persons in age categories
                        Deaf, dumb, blind & aliens
                        Age of Rev. War pensioners
                        Mining; agriculture; commerce; manufacturing & trade; navigation of the ocean; navigation of canals, lakes &  rivers; learned professions and
                                     engineers; number in school; number in family over 21 who could not read & write; number insane



Unique Features and Problems

1.  Asked the age of Revolutionary war pensioners

2.  Expanded occupational options

3.  Lists the number of those in school

4.  Lists the number of those over 21 who can read and write

5.  Lists those who are insane - institution/guardianship records


States Covered and Missing

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois 
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Vermont

There are no states missing.


  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Oregon (also a part of Britain)
  • Wisconsin

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Information in the United States Population Census, 1790-2000:

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