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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This is an index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855. The counties included in this collection are:  
 
This is an index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855. The counties included in this collection are:  
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*Wilcox
 
*Wilcox
  
=== Additional Information About Alabama Census Records  ===
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== Collection Content ==
  
The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820 (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, and&nbsp;1907.
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'''The index''' contains the following information:  
 
 
These records cover individuals living in Alabama in 1855.&nbsp;
 
 
 
The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution, since the 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 falsified. <br>
 
 
 
The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress.&nbsp;
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Department of Archives and History. State Census, 1855. Alabama Department Of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
The index contains the following information:  
 
  
 
*Names of individuals or heads of families  
 
*Names of individuals or heads of families  
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*Image number
 
*Image number
  
The census contains the following information:<br>
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The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820 (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, and 1907.
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The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution, since the 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 falsified. The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress.
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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'''The census''' contains the following information:  
  
 
*Names of individuals or heads of families  
 
*Names of individuals or heads of families  
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*Total inhabitants
 
*Total inhabitants
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The residence of your ancestor.
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*The age of your ancestor.
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*The names of other relatives and their relationships.
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'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1915984 Collection Page]:'''<br>
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Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. 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 compare the information about more than one person.
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know a full name. If you do not have the full name, use the surname. If you know the county where your ancestor lived put the name in the residence box.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
'''The information in this index can help you with the following:'''
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s census record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family.
  
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
*Use the names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.  
 
*Use the names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.  
 
*Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses of Alabama.  
 
*Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses of Alabama.  
 
*Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.
 
*Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.
  
'''Keep in mind:'''
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
*Remember, this is only an index.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Library Catalog.] This can help you locate additional records to search for information on your family.}}
*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.  
 
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.<br>
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Alabama State Census, 1855 (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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*[http://cvrlsarchives.org/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=423 Chattahoochee Valley Libraries]
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*[http://columbuspublic-genealogy.blogspot.com/2006/03/1820-1855-1860-mortality-1866-alabama.html Columbus Public Library]  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/alabama/ Alabama Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/al-census.htm New Horizons Genealogy]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Alabama-State-Census-1855-known-issues&lang=en 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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== Citing this Collection  ==
*[[Alabama Census|Alabama Census]]
 
*[[Alabama Censuses Existing and Lost|Alabama Censuses, Existing and Lost]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, State Census, 1855." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed {{LOCALDAYNAME}}, {{LOCALMONTHNAME}} {{LOCALDAY}}, {{LOCALYEAR}}.  Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.}}<br><br>
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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[[Category:Alabama Census Records|Census]]

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Alabama, United States
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Location of Alabama
Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1855
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Department of Archives and History, Montgomery


What is in the Collection?

This is an index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855. The counties included in this collection are:

  • Autauga
  • Baldwin
  • Blount
  • Coffee
  • Franklin
  • Henry
  • Lowndes
  • Macon
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Pickens
  • Perry
  • Sumter
  • Tallapoosa
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Wilcox

Collection Content

The index contains the following information:

  • Names of individuals or heads of families
  • Residence
  • Film number
  • Digital folder number
  • Page number
  • Image number

The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820 (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, and 1907.

The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution, since the 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 falsified. The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The census contains the following information:

  • Names of individuals or heads of families
  • Number of white males under 21 in the family
  • Number of white males over 21 in the family
  • Number of white females under 21 in the family
  • Number of white females over 21 in the family
  • Total whites in the family
  • Insane within each county
  • Insane sent abroad
  • Slaves
  • Free persons of color
  • Total inhabitants

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The residence of your ancestor.
  • The age of your ancestor.
  • The names of other relatives and their relationships.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. 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 compare the information about more than one person.

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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s census record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.
  • Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses of Alabama.
  • Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.

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.

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 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.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"Alabama, State Census, 1855." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed Sunday, February 26, 2017. Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.

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 Alabama State Census, 1855.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.