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Title in the Language of the Record

Argentina, Censo de 1869

Record Description

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These records are in Spanish. This Collection will include records for 1869.

The census enumerations were recorded in registers with legal size papers in landscape orientation. Each book (libreto) is separated by a title page, which includes the name of the province, the section, and the type of population covered. It is followed by the enumeration sheets containing surname and names of the inhabitants, age, gender, civil status, nationality, place of birth, occupation, literacy, and special conditions. At the end of each book is a global summary page of the register.

The First National Census of the Argentine Republic was executed in the whole country simultaneously in three days, September 15-17 of 1869, under the presidency of the nation’s then president Mr. Domingo F. Sarmiento. For the census, the country was divided into five areas: North, South, East, West, and the National Territories. Each area was divided into provinces, which were then divided into sections or districts (partidos); in some cases the barracks are also mentioned. The city of Buenos Aires was the only one divided into police sections (secciones de policía).

These census enumeration registers were well preserved. It was created for demographic and statistical purposes in relation to the growth of the nation.

This census covers about 1,800,000 inhabitants, but these records contain inaccuracies and should only be used when civil or church records are not available. The officials that wrote the census were ordinary civilians. Some were careless in spelling and wrote down phonetic versions of what they heard, so it is important to search for different spellings of your ancestors' names. The people were not required to provide proof for the information given (such as birth date and place), therefore some information may have been given from memory and may be wrong.

The original records can still be found at the Archivo General de la Nación in Buenos Aires.

For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Information found in the 1869 census records may include:

  • Name, age, gender, marital status and nationality
  • Birth place (Province if Argentine)
  • Occupation
  • Statistical summary of the special conditions, such as legitimacy, race, disabilities, students, and others

How to Use the Record

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Searching the Collection

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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Province" category
⇒Select the "Department" category
⇒Select the "Town, District, or Section" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

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Don't overlook FHL Place Argentina items or FHL Keyword Argentina items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Argentina Archives and Libraries.

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Citations for this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Argentina, censo nacional, 1869." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Buenos Aires (Census Commission Directive. General Archive of the Nation, Buenos Aires).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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