United States Census 1850

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1850 Census Dates

 1 June 1850 (5 months)

 Unique Features

  • Census takers were given more instructions and guidelines
  • First census to list names of all in the household
  • First to list ages, sex, color, & place of birth
  • Census taken in order of visitation
  • Listed those married within the year
  • Listed those who died after 1 June
  • Dwelling house number
  • Real estate value
  • Occupation of males over 16
  • Whether a fugitive of the state
  • Though it still did not list slave names, it listed more information about the slaves
  • Listed heath or lifestyle issues: “Deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict.”

Problems

  • Omitted children born after 1 June (even if the census taker took it later)
  • Indians that lived on reservations or unsettled tracts of land were not included.

 

States Covered

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (inc. West Virginia)
  • Wisconsin

States Missing

(None)

Territories

  • Minnesota (inc. Dakotas)
  • New Mexico (inc. Arizona)
  • Oregon (inc. Washington & Idaho)
  • Utah