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{{FamilySearch_Collection |CID=CID1915984 |title=Alabama State Census, 1855 |location=United States}}&nbsp;<br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama, United States Genealogy|Alabama]] ''
  
== Record Description ==
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|title=Alabama State Census, 1855
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| FS_URL_04 =[[Alabama Archives and Libraries]]
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/alabama/ Alabama Genealogy] 
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/al-census.htm New Horizons Genealogy] 
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This is an index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855. The counties included in this collection are:
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
*Autauga  
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This is an index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855. 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.The counties included in this collection are:
*Baldwin  
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*Blount  
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! Locality
*Coffee  
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*Franklin  
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| Autauga
*Henry  
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*Lowndes  
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| Baldwin  
*Macon  
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*Mobile  
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| Blount  
*Montgomery  
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*Pickens  
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| Coffee
*Perry  
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*Sumter  
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| Franklin  
*Tallapoosa  
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*Tuscaloosa  
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| Henry  
*Wilcox
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| Lowndes  
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|-
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| Macon  
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|-
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| Mobile
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| Montgomery  
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| Pickens  
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|-
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| Perry  
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| Sumter
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| Tallapoosa  
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| Tuscaloosa  
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| Wilcox
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|}
  
=== Additional Information About Alabama Census Records  ===
 
 
The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820 (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, and&nbsp;1907.
 
 
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=Department of Archives and History. State Census, 1855. Alabama Department Of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.}}
 
 
== Record 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 census contains the following information:<br>
 
  
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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'''The census''' usually includes:<br>
 
*Names of individuals or heads of families  
 
*Names of individuals or heads of families  
 
*Number of white males under 21 in the family  
 
*Number of white males under 21 in the family  
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*Free persons of color  
 
*Free persons of color  
 
*Total inhabitants
 
*Total inhabitants
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'''The index''' usually includes:<br>
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*Names of individuals or heads of families
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*Residence
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*Film number
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*Digital folder number
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*Page number
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*Image number
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the individual
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*The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1915984 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.
  
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.
 
  
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 more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line 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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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find additional family members in other censuses.
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*Use the ages listed to determine an approximate birth date and to find other records such as birth, marriage, christening, and death records.
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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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*Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
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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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*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Alabama Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Use the names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
*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.
 
  
'''Keep in mind:'''
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Alabama, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=356&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Alabama%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acensus FamilySearch Library Catalog] .
  
*Remember, this is only an index.
 
*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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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Alabama-State-Census-1855-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
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*[http://cvrlsarchives.org/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=423 Chattahoochee Valley Libraries]
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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.
*[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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== Citing this Collection ==
  
*[[Alabama|Alabama]]
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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.
*[[Alabama Census|Alabama Census]]
 
*[[Alabama Censuses Existing and Lost|Alabama Censuses, Existing and Lost]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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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>
  
{{Contributor invite}}  
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|CID=CID1915984
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|title=Alabama State Census, 1855
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}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''[[Alabama_State_Census,_1855_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
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.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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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
Archive
Department of Archives and History, Montgomery


What is in the Collection?

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

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


What Can these Records Tell Me?

The census usually includes:

  • 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

The index usually includes:

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

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index

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.


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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find additional family members in other censuses.
  • Use the ages listed to determine an approximate birth date and to find other records such as birth, marriage, christening, and death records.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Alabama, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog .


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 Saturday, May 27, 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.


Top of Page

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