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Censo de 1855 de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Each of the census registers is separated by a title page, which includes the name of the parish, the name or number of the ward, and the name or number of the block. It is followed by the enumeration sheets containing the following information in columns: Names and surnames of the inhabitants, relationship to the householder, civil status, gender, age, if the person knows how to read and write, place of birth, nationality, the length of time in the country if the person is a foreigner, and occupation or profession.
This census of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was performed on Wednesday, October 17, 1855.
The census of 1855 for the city of Buenos Aires was conducted under the direction of the then Statistics Department (Mesa de Estadística), which was directed at the time by Justo Maeso. Authorization for the census was given in July 1855 by the then government council member Valentín Alsina. For the purpose of the census, the city of Buenos Aires was divided in twelve parishes: Montserrat, Catedral al Sud, Concepción, San Miguel, Catedral al Norte, San Nicolás, Piedad, Socorro, Balvanera, San Telmo, Barracas al Norte, and Pilar. Each parish was subdivided into barracks and blocks. The 1855 Census of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, covers about 92,000 inhabitants.
The Buenos Aires census of 1855 was created for demographic and statistical purposes.
The data element listed in the census is of great value when civil or parish records are not available. It will permit the patron to find information unavailable elsewhere, which will help to continue research for an ancestor. The census records should be considered as a secondary source and used only when civil or church records are not available.
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- Comisión Directiva del Censo. Buenos Aires City Census 1855. Archivo General de la Nación Argentina, Buenos Aires.
The census of 1855 of the city of Buenos Aires includes the following information:
- Name of the parish
- Number or name of the barrack
- Number or name of the block
- Address, type of home, and how many floors
- Complete names of individuals
- Relationship to the householder
- Civil status, gender, age, literacy (read and write)
- Place of birth, country of nationality, and if a foreigner, the length of stay in the country
- Occupation, profession, or employment
Important genealogical information found in the 1855 census of the city of Buenos Aires includes:
- Locality and address
- Names and surnames
- Relationship, civil status, gender, age, and civil status
- Place of birth
- Estimated year of arrival, if a foreigner
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