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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== Record Content  ==
*Residence
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*Age
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Information found in the Rhode Island State Census for the year 1915 includes:
*Birth place
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*Birth place of parents
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*City/town, county and congressional district of enumeration
*Sex
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*Full name of individuals living in household on 15 Apr 1915  
*Race
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*Relationship to head of household
*Naturalization status
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*Gender, race and age of each person
*Occupation and employment status&nbsp;
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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
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the census index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page number or family number) to locate your ancestors in the census. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the census 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 of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.  
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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.  
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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> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "County" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Township/City/Town/Village/Ward" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Enumeration District" which takes you to the images.
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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:
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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.
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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].
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==== 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:  
 
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:  
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the 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 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.  
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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.
*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
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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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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
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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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Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:
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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.
 
*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.  
 
*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 an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.  
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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)]]  
 
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)]]  
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
Rhode Island began taking its own census every ten years beginning in 1865. Includes most individuals within the counties enumerated.
 
 
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
 
 
The state census 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. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.
 
  
 
== Related Webs Sites  ==
 
== Related Webs Sites  ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
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[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/rhodeisland/ USGenWeb Rhode Island Census Project]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Rhode_Island_Census Rhode Island Census]  
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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]]
  
=== Conrtibutions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Sources of This Collection  ==
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Rhode Island State Census, 1915," database, FamilySearch, 2009; from Rhode Island State Archives, "State Censuses." "Rhode Island State Census, 1915," Rhode Island State Archives, Providence, Rhode Island. FHL microfilm, 25 reels, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1532188/waypointsRhode Island, State Census, 1915]
  
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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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.
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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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]].
  
*"Rhode Island State Census, 1915." &nbsp;index and images, ''FamilySearch ''https://[http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: accessed April 7, 2011). entry &nbsp;for Morris Baker, age 3,; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 1760016; Rhode Island State Archives, Prividence, Rhode Island.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
*"Rhode Island. Census Board. Rhode Island State Census, 1915." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org), accessed April 7. 2011.) entry for Roland Smith, age 14; citing Census Records, FHL micrifilm 1763723; Rhode Isnand State Archives, Providence, Rhode Island.
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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.
  
[[Category:Rhode_Island|Census]]
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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.}}

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Rhode Island State Census, 1915 .

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.

Record Content

Information found in the Rhode Island State Census for the year 1915 includes:

  • 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)

Related Webs Sites

USGenWeb Rhode Island Census Project

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Island, State Census, 1915

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 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.