Alabama State Census, 1866 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period  ==
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These records cover individuals living in Alabama in 1866.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records for 1866<br>
  
 
The records are handwritten on preprinted forms. This census has strategic value because it was the first post-Civil War census taken in Alabama. In many of the counties information is given about former slaves and soldiers. It does not specify whether the soldiers were Union or Confederate. The same form was not used in every county so it may or may not list this information.  
 
The records are handwritten on preprinted forms. This census has strategic value because it was the first post-Civil War census taken in Alabama. In many of the counties information is given about former slaves and soldiers. It does not specify whether the soldiers were Union or Confederate. The same form was not used in every county so it may or may not list this information.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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<br>The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820, (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, 1907.
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These records cover individuals living in Alabama in 1866.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, State Census, 1866." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.}}
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
The census generally includes the following information:  
 
The census generally includes the following information:  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know a full name. If you do not have the full name, use the surname. Put the names in the boxes on the initial search page and search the collection. Look at the list of entries created by your search. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. An approximate birth date can help you narrow your list of possible matches.
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'''To search this collection using the index:'''
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
The information in this index can help you with the following:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know a full name. If you do not have the full name, use the surname. If you know the county where your ancestor lived put the name in the residence box.
  
*Use the names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.  
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'''The information in this index can help you with the following:'''
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*Use the film number to request the microfilm to view at your local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]].&nbsp; Note names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.  
 
*Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1860 and 1870 federal censuses of Alabama.  
 
*Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1860 and 1870 federal censuses of Alabama.  
 
*Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.
 
*Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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'''Keep in Mind:'''
  
*Remember, this is only an index.  
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*Remember, this is only an index.&nbsp;
*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname.  
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*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname.&nbsp;
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.&nbsp;
 
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.
 
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820, (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, 1907.
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
The information is generally reliable. However use the information with some caution, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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*[[Alabama Censuses Existing and Lost|Alabama Censuses, Existing and Lost]]
 
*[[Alabama Censuses Existing and Lost|Alabama Censuses, Existing and Lost]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
[[Collection citation
 
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Genealogical Society of Utah. Alabama State Census, 1866, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery. FHL microfilm, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
 
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
==== Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
 
 
"Alabama State Census, 1866" database, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 27 March 2012), Margaret M Gooch, 1866; State census for the state of Alabama in the year 1866, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama, United States. FHL microfilm 1,492,023 Item 2-3; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
 
[[Category:Alabama|Census]]
 
[[Category:Alabama|Census]]

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Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records for 1866

The records are handwritten on preprinted forms. This census has strategic value because it was the first post-Civil War census taken in Alabama. In many of the counties information is given about former slaves and soldiers. It does not specify whether the soldiers were Union or Confederate. The same form was not used in every county so it may or may not list this information.


The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820, (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, 1907.

These records cover individuals living in Alabama in 1866.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Alabama, State Census, 1866." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.

Record Content

The census generally includes the following information:

  • Name of the head of household
  • Number of persons in each family
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Age
  • Sex
  • May list number of deceased or disabled soldiers in the family
  • May list former slaves

How to Use the Record

To search this collection using the index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To begin your search it is helpful to know a full name. If you do not have the full name, use the surname. If you know the county where your ancestor lived put the name in the residence box.

The information in this index can help you with the following:

  • Use the film number to request the microfilm to view at your local family history center.  Note names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.
  • Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1860 and 1870 federal censuses of Alabama.
  • Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.

Keep in Mind:

  • Remember, this is only an index. 
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname. 
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record. 
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.