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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Census|U.S. Census]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Census_1850|1850 Census]]''
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== Indexes and Images  ==
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For an article about 1850 census population schedules available for free online at [[FamilySearch Historical Record Collections|FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] see the U.S. [[United States Census Population Schedules, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Census Population Schedules, 1850]] Wiki page. Ancestry.com (subscription site) has indexes and images of all 1850 federal censuses. HeritageQuestOnline.com (subscription site) has indexes and images of all 1850 federal censuses.
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Also, there are articles about the [[United States Census Mortality Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1850 mortality schedule indexes]], and [[United States Census Slave Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1850 slave owner schedule indexes]] free online as part of FamilySearch Record Search. Ancestry.com has those mortality and slave owner indexes and images online for a subscription fee.
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A free Internet index and images to the 1850 United States Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1401638 FamilySearch Record Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1850, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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For more details, see individual state census Wiki pages. For tips if the first census index search does not work, see the [[United States Census Searching]] Wiki page.
  
 
== Contents  ==
 
== Contents  ==
  
&nbsp;1850 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1850, for&nbsp;five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Name<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Age<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Sex<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Color<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Occupation males over 15<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Value of real estate<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Birthplace—territory of country of birth<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Attended school or married in the year?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If over 20—could read/write?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Deaf-mute, blind, insane, or idiotic?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Fugitive from state?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''SLAVE SCHEDULES:'''<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Name of slave owner<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;# of slaves owned<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;# of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; NO NAME OF SLAVES<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Age, color, sex<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Fugitive from state?<br>
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The 1850 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1850, for five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:  
  
1790-2000 Info: [http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf]
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'''Population Schedules'''
  
== &nbsp;Value ==
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*Name
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*Age
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*Sex
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*Color
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*Occupation males over 15
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*Value of real estate
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*Birthplace—territory of country of birth
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*Attended school or married in the year?
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*If over 20—could read/write?
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*Deaf-mute, blind, insane, or idiotic?
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*Fugitive from state?
  
The 1850 census can be used to:<sup>1</sup>
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'''Slave Schedules'''
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Find free population/slave pop. &amp; mortality, agriculture, industry data<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Identify families by name<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Identify birthplaces which helps w/immigration<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Identify ages —go to vital records<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Identify Real estate—land and tax records<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Identifly probable relationships—be careful!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Identify occupations/property value<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Identify possible remarriages/step relationships<br>1850-1930&nbsp;Search Tips:&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html&nbsp;]
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*Name of slave owner
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*Number of slaves owned
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*Number of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)
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*NO NAME OF SLAVES
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*Age, color, sex
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*Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?
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*Fugitive from state?
  
== &nbsp;Unique Features and Problems  ==
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{{See also|United States Census Slave Schedules}}
  
1.&nbsp;&nbsp;Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines in print<br>2.&nbsp; First census to list names of all in the household<br>3.&nbsp; First to list ages, sex, color, &amp; place of birth<br>4.&nbsp; Census taken in order of visitation<br>5.&nbsp; Listed those married within the year<br>6.&nbsp; Listed those who died after 1 June<br>7.&nbsp; Dwelling house number<br>8.&nbsp; Real estate value<br>9.&nbsp; Occupation of males over 16<br>10. Whether a fugitive of the state<br>11. Though it still did not list slave names, it listed more information about the slaves<br>12. Listed heath or lifestyle issues: “Deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict”<br>13. Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)<br>14. Indians that lived on reservations or unsettles tracts of land were not included.<br>15. Make count by personal inquiry at every dwelling<br>16. Enumerator to make 2 additional copies:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- Clerk of county court<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- Secretary of state/territory<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- Census Office<br>17. No Indians in reservations or unsettled land
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<br> 1790-2000 Info: [http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf]
  
== States Covered and Missing ==
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== Value ==
  
'''''1850 United States Census—'''''A free Internet index and images to the 1850 United States Census can be viewed on the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1401638 FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1850, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.  
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The 1850 census can be used to:
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*Find free population/slave pop. &amp; mortality, agriculture, industry data
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*Identify families by name
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*Identify birthplaces which helps w/immigration
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*Identify ages —go to vital records
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*Identify Real estate—land and tax records
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*Identify probable relationships—be careful!
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*Identify occupations/property value
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*Identify possible remarriages/step relationships
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1850-1930 Search Tips: [http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1850-1930.html http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1850-1930.html]
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== Unique Features and Problems  ==
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#Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines in print
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#First census to list names of all in the household
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#First to list ages, sex, color, &amp; place of birth
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#Census taken in order of visitation
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#Listed those married within the year
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#Listed those who died after 1 June
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#Dwelling house number
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#Real estate value
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#Occupation of males over 16
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#Whether a fugitive of the state
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#Though it still did not list slave names, it listed more information about the slaves
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#Listed heath or lifestyle issues: “Deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict”
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#Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)
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#Indians that lived on reservations or unsettles tracts of land were not included.  
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#Make count by personal inquiry at every dwelling
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#Enumerator to make 2 additional copies:
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##Clerk of county court
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##Secretary of state/territory
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#No Indians in reservations or unsettled land
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== States and Territories Covered  ==
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'''States'''
  
 
*Alabama  
 
*Alabama  
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*Mississippi  
 
*Mississippi  
 
*New Hampshire  
 
*New Hampshire  
*New Jersey<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1213890973770_620" />
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*New Jersey  
 
*New York  
 
*New York  
 
*North Carolina  
 
*North Carolina  
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*Wisconsin
 
*Wisconsin
  
&nbsp;'''No states missing.'''
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'''Territories'''  
 
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== Territories  ==
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*Minnesota (inc. Dakotas)  
 
*Minnesota (inc. Dakotas)  
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*Utah
 
*Utah
  
== Web Sites <br> ==
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== Missing Records  ==
  
'''United States Censuses 1850-1920'''—Free Internet census indexes and images to the [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1401638;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1850], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1473181;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1860], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1438024;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1870], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1417683;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable 1880 (index only)], [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1325221 1900], and [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1488411 1920 (partial index only)] can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search. These indexes show every name listed on the census and except for 1880 and 1920 are also linked to census images including information about each person’s residence, age, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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*'''No States Missing'''
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== Where to Find the Records  ==
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The 1850 Federal Census is available online.  
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'''Online'''
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8054 1850 United States Federal Census] (Ancestry) ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} (FamilySearch)
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:''For the 1850 slave schedules see [[United States Census Slave Schedules|U.S. Census Slave Schedules]]''.
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== Web Sites  ==
  
 
1790-2000 Info: [http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf]  
 
1790-2000 Info: [http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf]  
  
1850-1930&nbsp;Search Tips: [http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html]
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1850-1930 Search Tips: [http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1850-1930.html http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1850-1930.html]  
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== References  ==
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1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.)
  
== References ==
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<br> {{USCensus}}
  
1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.) <br>
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Contents

Indexes and Images

For an article about 1850 census population schedules available for free online at FamilySearch Historical Record Collections see the U.S. Census Population Schedules, 1850 Wiki page. Ancestry.com (subscription site) has indexes and images of all 1850 federal censuses. HeritageQuestOnline.com (subscription site) has indexes and images of all 1850 federal censuses.

Also, there are articles about the 1850 mortality schedule indexes, and 1850 slave owner schedule indexes free online as part of FamilySearch Record Search. Ancestry.com has those mortality and slave owner indexes and images online for a subscription fee.

A free Internet index and images to the 1850 United States Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1850, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

For more details, see individual state census Wiki pages. For tips if the first census index search does not work, see the United States Census Searching Wiki page.

Contents

The 1850 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1850, for five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:

Population Schedules

  • Name
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Color
  • Occupation males over 15
  • Value of real estate
  • Birthplace—territory of country of birth
  • Attended school or married in the year?
  • If over 20—could read/write?
  • Deaf-mute, blind, insane, or idiotic?
  • Fugitive from state?

Slave Schedules

  • Name of slave owner
  • Number of slaves owned
  • Number of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)
  • NO NAME OF SLAVES
  • Age, color, sex
  • Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?
  • Fugitive from state?


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

Value

The 1850 census can be used to:

  • Find free population/slave pop. & mortality, agriculture, industry data
  • Identify families by name
  • Identify birthplaces which helps w/immigration
  • Identify ages —go to vital records
  • Identify Real estate—land and tax records
  • Identify probable relationships—be careful!
  • Identify occupations/property value
  • Identify possible remarriages/step relationships

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

Unique Features and Problems

  1. Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines in print
  2. First census to list names of all in the household
  3. First to list ages, sex, color, & place of birth
  4. Census taken in order of visitation
  5. Listed those married within the year
  6. Listed those who died after 1 June
  7. Dwelling house number
  8. Real estate value
  9. Occupation of males over 16
  10. Whether a fugitive of the state
  11. Though it still did not list slave names, it listed more information about the slaves
  12. Listed heath or lifestyle issues: “Deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict”
  13. Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)
  14. Indians that lived on reservations or unsettles tracts of land were not included.
  15. Make count by personal inquiry at every dwelling
  16. Enumerator to make 2 additional copies:
    1. Clerk of county court
    2. Secretary of state/territory
  17. No Indians in reservations or unsettled land

States and Territories Covered

States

  • 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

Territories

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

Missing Records

  • No States Missing

Where to Find the Records

The 1850 Federal Census is available online.

Online

For the 1850 slave schedules see U.S. Census Slave Schedules.

Web Sites

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

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

References

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