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Collection Time Period

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

Record History

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. 

Why This Record 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. 

Record Description

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

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

  • 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 Record

State census records are a good source to identify residence. Use details on the head of the family to search for other record types. The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.  

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Related Wiki Articles

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Sources of This Collection

"Wisconsin 1885 State Census Records," 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.

How to Cite Your Sources

An example of citing these records is: Wisconsin. Department of State. Wisconsin State Census, 1885. Census page. From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org), April 23, 2010. Marcus Smith, Dell Prairie, Adams, Wisconsin, image number 00013.

Instructions for citing this source can be found at: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections 





 

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