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This Collection will include records for the Wisconsin State Census that was taken in 1895.
Population schedules consisted of large sheets with rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county, then by political subdivision. The arrangement of families on a schedule is normally in the order in which the enumerator visited the households.
In 1855 the state legislature directed that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The completed forms were sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.
The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.
Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately.
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Wisconsin, State Census, 1895." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of State. Historical Society, Madison.
Key genealogical facts found in Wisconsin state censuses for the year 1895 are:
- Name of head of family
- Number of white males white females in household
- Number of colored males and colored females in household
- Country of nativity: United States, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Scandinavia, Holland and All Other Countries
How to Use the Records
To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.
To search the collection image by image
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "County"
⇒ Select the "Township/City/Town/Village/Ward" which takes you to the images.
Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
- If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
- Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records. *Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
- You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
- You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
- Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
- You should also be aware that the census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby states.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
- There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Wisconsin State Census, 1895.: database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MM94-VRB accessed 20 April 2012); entry for Chas R Stevens; citing Census Records, FHL mircrofilm 1,032,705; Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.