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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records for 1866<br>
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This collection covers individuals living in Alabama in 1866.
  
The records are handwritten on preprinted forms. This census has strategic value because it was the first post-Civil War census taken in Alabama. In many of the counties information is given about former slaves and soldiers. It does not specify whether the soldiers were Union or Confederate. The same form was not used in every county so it may or may not list this information.  
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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.  
  
<br>The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820, (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, 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.  
  
These records cover individuals living in Alabama in 1866.  
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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.
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
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>
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'''The index''' contains the following information:
  
{{Collection citation
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*Names of individuals or heads of families
| text = Alabama Department of Archives and History. Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama State Census, 1866. Alabama Department of Archives and History }}
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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
  
== Record Content  ==
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'''The census''' generally includes the following information:  
 
 
The census generally includes the following information:  
 
  
 
*Name of the head of household  
 
*Name of the head of household  
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*May list former slaves
 
*May list former slaves
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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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 approximate age of your ancestor.
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*The names of other relatives and their relationships.
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 to find your ancestor.
 
  
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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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1915987 Collection Page]:'''<br>
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Fill in the requested information on the 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 to find your ancestor.
  
'''The information in this index can help you with the following:'''
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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.
  
*Use the film number to request the microfilm to view at your local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]].&nbsp; Note names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
*Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1860 and 1870 federal censuses of Alabama.  
 
*Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.
 
  
'''Keep in Mind:'''
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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.
  
*Remember, this is only an index.&nbsp;
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname.&nbsp;
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*Use the names, county, and page number to locate your ancestor in the actual census.
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.&nbsp;
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*Use the names and location to locate your ancestor in the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses of Alabama.
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Use the residence to locate additional records such as church and land records.
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*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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*Remember, this is only an index.  
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*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*[http://cvrlsarchives.org/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=423 Chattahoochee Valley Libraries]
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*[http://columbuspublic-genealogy.blogspot.com/2006/03/1820-1855-1860-mortality-1866-alabama.html Columbus Public Library]
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/alabama/ Alabama Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/al-census.htm New Horizons Genealogy]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Alabama|Alabama]]
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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.}}
*[[Alabama Census|Alabama Census]]
 
*[[Alabama Censuses Existing and Lost|Alabama Censuses, Existing and Lost]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
{{Contributor invite}}  
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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.. <br><br> '''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, State Census, 1866." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.}} <br><br>
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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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.
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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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[[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 1866
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in the Collection?

This collection covers individuals living in Alabama in 1866.

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 index contains the following information:

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

The census generally includes the following information:

  • Name of the head of household
  • Number of persons in each family
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Age
  • Sex
  • May list number of deceased or disabled soldiers in the family
  • May list former slaves

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 approximate 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 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 to find your ancestor.

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 on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.


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, 1866." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing 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, 1866.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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