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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took a census in the years of:
 
:1847 (in Pottawatomie, Iowa as part of the 1847 Iowa state census of all residents)  
 
:1847 (in Pottawatomie, Iowa as part of the 1847 Iowa state census of all residents)  
 
:1852, 1856 in Utah  
 
:1852, 1856 in Utah  

Revision as of 21:36, 4 September 2008

Portal:United States Census 

Contents

Availability

Directories of churches, religious bodies, and religious organizations should also be consulted.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took a census in the years of:

1847 (in Pottawatomie, Iowa as part of the 1847 Iowa state census of all residents)
1852, 1856 in Utah
up to 1872 among the colonies along the Mormon Corridor
1914, 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1955, and 1960 wherever church members resided

Historical Background

In many areas, where a church was established and supported by the government, it was the responsibility of the church to enumerate the population.

Churches served both a religious and a social role in many early communities.   Many time, especially in remote areas, the proxmity of a church was more important than what its teachings were.

Content

Content would vary.  You might find:

Head of household listed with domestic animals
List of all in household, name, age, birth information, relationship
List of ill, aged, infirm
List of possessions such as wagons, guns

Value 

Provide relevant information about an ancestor's family and community
Can provide the earliest evidence of ethnic groups in a particular locale
Can help clarify mortality figures

Indexes

Web Sites

Ancestryhttp://www.ancestry.com/

References

  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Wright, Matthew. Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. (Orem, Utah: 2001 Ancestry) FHL Book 973 X27s.