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1820 Census was taken beginning 7 August 1820, for thirteen months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:
                        Free white males under 10
                        Males 10-16
                        Males 16-18
                        Males 16-26
                        Males 26-45
                        Males 45 and over
                        Females same, but no 16-18
                        Foreigners not naturalized
                        Agriculture
                        Commerce
                        Manufacturing
                        Free Colored
                        Slaves

Value

Use the 1820 Census to:1

                        Identify locality
                        Distinguish target family from others of same name
                        Help determine family size
                        Locate possible relatives with same name
                        Identify neighbors
                        Identify slaveholders
                        Identify name variations
                        Free men of color listed as head of household
                        Slaves in age group by name of owner
                        Naturalization column may indicate length of residency in U.S. to find papers

 

1790-1840 searching tips:  http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1790-1840.html

 

Unique Features and Problems

  • Breaks down the male group, 16-26, into two groups.
  • Lists the number of persons not naturalized
  • Occupation (agriculture, commercial, manufacture)
  • African Americans are placed in separate groups: Free or slave
  • Ages for the African Americans are broken into categories
  • No printed form or paper provided
  • Indians not taxed are not included

 

States Covered and Missing

 

                States Covered               States Missing
Alabama (part)
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia (most)
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee (part)
Vermont
Virginia (inc. West Virginia)
New Jersey


Territories

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Oregon (also a part of Britain)

Web Sites

1790-1840 Censuses:  http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1790-1840.html


Bibliographic Citations

1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.)


 

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