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Collection Time Period

This census was taken beginning June 1, 1855.

Record Description

The census schedules consisted of large sheets with rows and columns. The schedules were arranged by street in order of visitation. The census schedules are well preserved at the Massachusetts State Archives and they have been microfilmed.

Record Content

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Genealogical information in the census:

  • Name
    • Age
    • Birthplace
    • Sex
    • Color
    • Condition
    • Occupation

How to Use the Records

Census records are the best source to quickly identify a family group and residence. Use the place of residence and the birthplace for each person along with his or her age to search for other record types. The census identifies other persons in the household. The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

Record History

In 1855 the legislature directed that a census be taken on June 1 of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The census schedules were delivered to the State Secretary and eventually sent to the State Archives for safe keeping. The census schedules are well preserved at the Massachusetts State Archives and they have been microfilmed.

Why this Record Was Created

The state census of Massachusetts was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.

Record Reliability

Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor.

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Sources of Information for This Collection:

"Massachusetts State Census, 1855", database, FamilySearch; from Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. "Massachusetts State Census, 1855-1865" Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts. FHL microfilm, 68 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

Massachusetts State Census, 1855. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: January 21, 2011). Census Record for Ellen L Phillips, age 26, Williamsburg, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Film number, 000953947.


 

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