United States Census 1850

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&nbsp;1850 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1850, for&nbsp;five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:<br>1) Name<br>2) Age<br>3) Sex<br>4) Color<br>5) Occupation males over 15<br>6) Value of real estate<br>7) Birthplace—territory of country of birth<br>8) Attended school or married in the year?<br>9) If over 20—could read/write?<br>10) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, or idiotic?<br>11) Fugitive from state?<br>SLAVE SCHEDULES:<br>1) Name of slave owner<br>2) # of slaves owned<br>3) # of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)<br>4) NO NAME OF SLAVES<br>5) Age, color, sex<br>6) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?<br>7) Fugitive from state?<br>
 
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1850—1 Jun 1850—5 months<br>1) Name<br>2) Age<br>3) Sex<br>4) Color<br>5) Occupation males over 15<br>6) Value of real estate<br>7) Birthplace—territory of country of birth<br>8) Attended school or married in the year?<br>9) If over 20—could read/write?<br>10) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, or idiotic?<br>11) Fugitive from state?<br>SLAVE SCHEDULES:<br>1) Name of slave owner<br>2) # of slaves owned<br>3) # of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)<br>4) NO NAME OF SLAVES<br>5) Age, color, sex<br>6) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?<br>7) Fugitive from state?<br>
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== &nbsp;Unique Features and Problems  ==
 
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*Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines in print
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*Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines in print  
 
*First census to list names of all in the household  
 
*First census to list names of all in the household  
 
*First to list ages, sex, color, &amp; place of birth  
 
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*Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)  
 
*Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)  
 
*Indians that lived on reservations or unsettles tracts of land were not included.  
 
*Indians that lived on reservations or unsettles tracts of land were not included.  
*Make count by personal inquiry at every dwelling.
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*Make count by personal inquiry at every dwelling.  
 
*Enumerator to make 2 additional copies:
 
*Enumerator to make 2 additional copies:
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1) Clerk of county court<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2) Secretary of state/territory<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3) Census Office
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1) Clerk of county court<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2) Secretary of state/territory<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3) Census Office  
  
 
*No Indians in reservations or unsettled land
 
*No Indians in reservations or unsettled land
  
 
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Revision as of 22:41, 18 July 2008

Additional information may be foud on the United States Census Portal page.

Contents

Contents

 1850 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1850, for five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:
1) Name
2) Age
3) Sex
4) Color
5) Occupation males over 15
6) Value of real estate
7) Birthplace—territory of country of birth
8) Attended school or married in the year?
9) If over 20—could read/write?
10) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, or idiotic?
11) Fugitive from state?
SLAVE SCHEDULES:
1) Name of slave owner
2) # of slaves owned
3) # of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)
4) NO NAME OF SLAVES
5) Age, color, sex
6) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?
7) Fugitive from state?

 

Value

Purpose:
 Includes free population/slave pop. & mortality, agriculture, industry data
 Families by name
 Birthplaces help w/immigration
 Ages given—go to vital records
 Real estate—land and tax records
 Probable relationships—be careful!
 Occupations/property value
 Possible remarriages/step relationships

 

 

 

1850-1930 Search Tips:  http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html 

 Unique Features and Problems

  • Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines in print
  • First census to list names of all in the household
  • First to list ages, sex, color, & place of birth
  • Census taken in order of visitation
  • Listed those married within the year
  • Listed those who died after 1 June
  • Dwelling house number
  • Real estate value
  • Occupation of males over 16
  • Whether a fugitive of the state
  • Though it still did not list slave names, it listed more information about the slaves
  • Listed heath or lifestyle issues: “Deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict.”
  • Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)
  • Indians that lived on reservations or unsettles tracts of land were not included.
  • Make count by personal inquiry at every dwelling.
  • Enumerator to make 2 additional copies:

      1) Clerk of county court
      2) Secretary of state/territory
      3) Census Office

  • No Indians in reservations or unsettled land


 

States Covered and Missing

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (inc. West Virginia)
  • Wisconsin

 

No states missing.

Territories

  • Minnesota (inc. Dakotas)
  • New Mexico (inc. Arizona)
  • Oregon (inc. Washington & Idaho)
  • Utah

Web Sites

1790-1840 Info: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf

1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html


 

Bibliographic Citations