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==== Style Guide  ====
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== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== &nbsp;&nbsp;Record Description ==
  
Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1895.
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This Collection will include records for the Wisconsin State Census that was taken in 1885.  
== How to Use the Records<br>  ==
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== Record Description<br>  ==
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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.
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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.&nbsp;The census covers approximately 90% of the population.&nbsp;
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Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1895.&nbsp;
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The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.
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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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For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1443713/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
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|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Department of State. Wisconsin state census 1885. State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[Wisconsin 1885 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content ==
  
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.
 
=== Record Content<br>  ===
 
 
Key genealogical facts found in Wisconsin state censuses for the year&nbsp;1895 are:  
 
Key genealogical facts found in Wisconsin state censuses for the year&nbsp;1895 are:  
[[Image:Wisconsin 1885 Census.jpg|thumb|right]]
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[[Image:Wisconsin 1885 Census.jpg|thumb|right|Wisconsin 1885 Census.jpg]]  
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*Name of the head of the family  
 
*Name of the head of the family  
 
*Number of individuals in the household by sex and race  
 
*Number of individuals in the household by sex and race  
Line 26: Line 43:
 
*Vessel of military service  
 
*Vessel of military service  
 
*Post office where residing
 
*Post office where residing
== Record History<br>  ==
 
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.&nbsp;The census covers approximately 90% of the population.
 
=== Why This Collection Was Created?  ===
 
The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.
 
=== Record Reliability ===
 
  
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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== How to Use the Records  ==
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This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
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information in the index (such as page number or family number) to locate your ancestors in the census. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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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.
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For example:
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.  
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*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
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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.
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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.
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Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:
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*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.  
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*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
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*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
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*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
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You should also be aware that the census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Wisconsin 1885 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/wisconsin/ Wisconsin Census Project]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/oneida/ Oneida First Christian Party Census]
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*[http://www.census-online.com/links/WI/ Wisconsin Census Online Index]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Wisconsin_Census Wisconsin Census]
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*[[Wisconsin|Wisconsin]]
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*[[Wisconsin Census]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
It is recommended that you cite the sources of information as you search genealogical records. Citing sources will allow you to avoid duplicate searches later and share your sources with other researchers. A citation with specific details about the source document should allow yourself or others to easily find the source document at a later time. You should cite all sources searched, whether new information is found, to avoid duplicating searches without findings.
 
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You are Invited to Add Source Citations for a Record in This Collection: Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines listed above.
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
  
"Wisconsin 1885 State Census," database, FamilySearch; (http://familysearch.org), from Wisconsin Department of State. Digital images of originals housed in the Wisconsin State Historical Society at Madison. FHL microfilm, 10 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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"Wisconsin State Census, 1885." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 April 2011). Roger Moore; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 1,032,697, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.
  
 
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Contents

  Record Description

This Collection will include records for the Wisconsin State Census that was taken in 1885.

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. 

Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1895. 

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.

For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

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.

Department of State. Wisconsin state census 1885. State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in Wisconsin state censuses for the year 1895 are:

Wisconsin 1885 Census.jpg
  • Name of the head of the family
  • Number of individuals in the household by sex and race
  • Number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane, and foreign born
  • Birth place
  • If a Civil War soldier or sailor
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment
  • State of military service
  • Vessel of military service
  • Post office where residing

How to Use the Records

information in the index (such as page number or family number) to locate your ancestors in the census. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

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.

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.

Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:

  • 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.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Wisconsin State Census, 1885." index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 April 2011). Roger Moore; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 1,032,697, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.