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NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records (56000) .

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering a microfilm or microfiche (55678). To view films, see Finding a family history center near you (54018).

NOTE: The United States Census, 1860 collection was created in partnership with fold3.com. The free indexes are available on www.familysearch.org. The images can be found at fold3.com, see Questions about partnerships and pay sites at Historical Records on FamilySearch (53713).
Fold3 has a unique way to make corrections to a record. Instead of correcting the index, annotations are added to the actual record image. Information about Annotations can be found clicking here. Scroll down to the section titled “Contributing to an image.” For additional help, contact Fold3.com customer support.
1860 Census records can also be viewed at a family history center and online at 8th Population Census of the United States - 1860.

Question #1: Some records are missing. Where can the records be viewed?
Answer #1: See answers below for information about known missing records and respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:

  • Walker County, Alabama records are not indexed. Order Film 1533830, Item 1, or view the 1860 Census images for Walker County, AL online at Internet Archive, which also provides the images of the 1860 Walker County slave schedules.
  • Blount County, Tennessee records for Pages 135-139 for the 16th District were not indexed and not available on Fold3. View the 1860 Census images for Blount County, TN online at Internet Archive.

Question #2: Various errors occur with family groups listed in the record detail pages. How can I locate the correct family members?
Answer #2: If a family group begins on the bottom of a census page, and continues at the top of the next census page, the family members are generally not grouped together. Search for the head of the household as a spouse or parent to yield search results for the remaining family group.
In other cases, family members were just not indexed as a family group. Assemble family groups by viewing the images online or ordering the microfilm.

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