Liberia, Monrovia, Census, 1843 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 1843
Languages: English
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What is in the Collection?

This collection is a transcribed index for the 1843 census in the town of Monrovia, colony of Liberia.

You will not be able to see actual images of the census on FamilySearch; however, this census was included in a report of the 28th U.S. Congress entitled, "Information Relative to the Operations of the United States Squadron on the West Coast of Africa, the Condition of the American Colonies There, and the Commerce of the United States Therewith." A copy of the actual report is available online via Google Books with the census starting on page 308.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Census records may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Place of birth
  • Date of immigration
  • Place of residence
  • Family relationships

Collection Contents

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person you are looking for
  • Place of residence

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page:
1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in other census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to check all possible entries before deciding which one is correct.

Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Liberia, Monrovia, Census, 1843." Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing United States Congress. Information Relative to the Operations of the United States Squadron on the West Coast of Africa. 28th Congress, 2nd session, Senate Document 150. Washington, D.C. Gales and Seaton, 1843.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Liberia, Monrovia, Census, 1843.

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