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1860 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1860, for five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:

 

1860—1 Jun 1860—5 months
1) Name
2) Age
3) Sex
4) Color
5) Occupation males over 15
6) Value of real estate
7) Value of personal estate
8) Birthplace—state/terr./country
9) Married during year
10) Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiot, pauper, convict
1860 Slave Schedule—same as 1850

 



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

 

 Value

  The 1850 census can be used to:1

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

  • First time “value of personal estates” was asked (Note: Individuals may have hesitated to answer correctly because they were taxed accordingly.)
  • Country of Birth: Instead of just Great Britain or Germany places were to be more specific: ex: England, Ireland, Prussia, Baden, etc..
  • Personal estate—first time
    Total of 3 copies again

 

 States Covered and Missing

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

No states missing

 
Territories

  • Dakota (unorganized)
  • Indian (non-Indians included with Arkansas)
  • Kansas (portions of Colorado)
  • Nebraska (inc. parts Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North & South Dakota)
  • New Mexico Territory (inc. Arizona)
  • Utah (inc. Nevada, Colorado, Washington)
  • Washington Territory (inc. Idaho, western Montana, Wyoming)

 

Web Sites

1790-2000 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

  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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