Rhode Island, State Census, 1915 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The official date of this census is April 15, 1915.  
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The collection consists of an index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by the state in 1915. The 1915 state census of Rhode Island lists residents of Rhode Island as of April 15, 1915. Residents are listed by household and relationship to head of household is given. Children born after April 15, 1915 were not included. The census is arranged by county and then enumeration district. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers.
  
== Record Description  ==
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Enumeration Districts 108 through 113 (Cranston, Ward 2) are missing.
  
Population schedules were handwritten on printed forms by the enumerators. They are arranged by county and community.  
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Rhode Island began taking its own census every ten years beginning in 1865. Includes most individuals within the counties enumerated.
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. 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. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified. Population schedules were handwritten on printed forms by the enumerators. They are arranged by county and community.
  
Key genealogical facts found in the Rhode Island State Census for the year 1915 are:  
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For a list of records by counties currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1532188/waypoints Browse].
  
*Name of individuals living in the household on April 15, 1915 (Children born after April 15 were to be omitted)
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
*Residence
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*Age
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*Birth place
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*Birth place of parents
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*Sex
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*Race
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*Naturalization status
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*Occupation and employment status&nbsp;
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== How to Use the Record ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original 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 birth information. The census identifies other persons in the household. The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Rhode Island State Census, 1915." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Census Board. State Archives, Providence.}}
  
== Record History  ==
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[[Rhode Island 1915 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
Rhode Island began taking its own census every ten years beginning in 1865. Includes most individuals within the counties enumerated.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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Key genealogical facts found in the Rhode Island State Census for the year 1915 are:
  
The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.
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*City/town, county and congressional district of enumeration
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*Full name of individuals living in household on 15 Apr 1915
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*Relationship to head of household
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*Gender, race and age of each person
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*Date and place of birth of each person
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*Parents' birthplace
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*Naturalized citizen or alien
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*Occupation
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*Self-employed of working for another on 1 Apr 1915
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br>
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "County" <br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Township/City/Town/Village/Ward" <br>
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⇒Select the appropriate "Enumeration District" which takes you to the images.
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
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Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Rhode_Island_Census Rhode Island Census]  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
  
== Conrtibutions to This Article  ==
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==== Using the Information ====
  
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When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
  
== Sources of This Collection  ==
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*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
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*Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
  
==== How to Cite your Sources ====
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
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*Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
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*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
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*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
 +
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
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*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
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*The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
  
Instructions for citing this source can be found at:<b>[[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Related Webs Sites ==
  
When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/rhodeisland/ USGenWeb Rhode Island Census Project]
  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
'''The suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: '''[[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]  
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*[[Rhode Island|Rhode Island]]
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*[[Rhode Island Census]]
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*[[Rhode Island Censuses Existing and Lost|Rhode Island Censuses Existing and Lost]]
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ====
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
"Rhode Island. Census Board. Rhode Island State Census, 1915. Census page, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org), April 23, 2010. Roland Smith, Providence Ward 01, E.D. 214, Providence, Rhode Island, film number 1763723.
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*United States. Bureau of Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From Family Searc Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: Setpemper 29.2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B,line 71.
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*Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records 1886-1933, digital imagbes, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Femandez Jimenez, 1 Feb, 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cuahimalpa, Districto Federal, Mexico Film number 0227023
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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.
  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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"Rhode Island State Census, 1915." &nbsp;database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://.familysearch.org]: accessed 7 April 2011). &nbsp;Morris Baker, age 3; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 1,760,016; Rhode Island State Archives, Providence, Rhode Island.
  
 
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Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by the state in 1915. The 1915 state census of Rhode Island lists residents of Rhode Island as of April 15, 1915. Residents are listed by household and relationship to head of household is given. Children born after April 15, 1915 were not included. The census is arranged by county and then enumeration district. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers.

Enumeration Districts 108 through 113 (Cranston, Ward 2) are missing.

Rhode Island began taking its own census every ten years beginning in 1865. Includes most individuals within the counties enumerated.

The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. 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. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified. Population schedules were handwritten on printed forms by the enumerators. They are arranged by county and community.

For a list of records by counties currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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

"Rhode Island State Census, 1915." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Census Board. State Archives, Providence.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the Rhode Island State Census for the year 1915 are:

  • City/town, county and congressional district of enumeration
  • Full name of individuals living in household on 15 Apr 1915
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender, race and age of each person
  • Date and place of birth of each person
  • Parents' birthplace
  • Naturalized citizen or alien
  • Occupation
  • Self-employed of working for another on 1 Apr 1915

How to Use the Record

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Township/City/Town/Village/Ward"
⇒Select the appropriate "Enumeration District" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
  • Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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 Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Rhode Island State Census, 1915."  database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://.familysearch.org: accessed 7 April 2011).  Morris Baker, age 3; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 1,760,016; Rhode Island State Archives, Providence, Rhode Island.