1900 cenus of puerto rico...or PORTO RICO
what I have found out about the 1900 census or 1899 census...is not good news..there
was a fire in Washington D.C. where the archives were kept and they burned along with 1900 census of the other US. states...
Some natives say that the fire was in San Juan., but i say its was in Washington
DC...because why would SAN JUAN keep archives of other US States..???
PORTO RICO by J. B. Seabury, copyright 1903
Chapter XV page 161
THE FIRST AMERICAN CENSUS
The taking of the national census marks an important era in the history of a people. From
the first census recorded in history, 1500 B.C., down to the census of 1900 in the United
States, each enumeration of a people has marked the movement of its national life,
whether forward or backward. The first census recorded the "sum of the congregation of
the Children of Israel after their..
families, according to the number of the names, every male by their polls." By the last
United States census, the twelfth in our history, not only are the names of the men given,
but also those of both women and children, together with the age, place of birth,
occupation, ability to read and write, and may other important matters.
As soon as PORTO RICO became a part of the United States, plans were set on foot
for taking a census. It was necessary to know the exact number of people on the island,
the proportion of male and females, teh number of adults able to read and write, and the
number of children needing an education. Home life, school life, as well as the businesss
life of the future and the health of the people, depend upon the correct understanding of
the actual condition of the island. How to multipley the products of th soil, how to
increase the advantages of suffrage, how to promote good government, how to unite the
interests of teh people more closely, - the solutions of these and a hundred other
problems would be rendered much easier by a thorough census of the island.
An order was issued by the War Department, September 8, 1899, authorizing the taking
of the census. The first article reads thus: "By order of the President, a census of the
population, of the agricultural products, adn the educational conditions of PORTO RICO
shall be taken on 10th day of November and completed by or before the 20th day of
General J. P. Sanger, Inspector General, was appointed director of the census, with his
office in Washington. The island was at once divided into seven census departments, with
a supervisor appointed over each. The island of Vieques, Cuelbra, and Mona were
the division. These seven departments were subdivided into 917 enumeration districts.
Promptly, on November, 10, the task began. It was carried on under great difficulties.
The rainy season and the hurricane of teh preceding August, had rendered
intercommunications, in many sections of the ...
island, well-nigh impossible. Yet in spite of all obstacles the work was completed within
the prescribed time and in a thorough, businesslike manner. In this report General Sanger
gives the names of 911 persons who assisted in making the enumeration. It was a test of
intelligence and business capacity. The schedules contained a large number of definite
questions, all of them requiring accuracy and good judgment in the enumerators.
Sixty-two of them were women; this was the first time that women were given public
employment, other than teaching in PORTO RICO."...
Interesting reading huh???. The Census were done...but non existing now...in the
PREFACE of the book..."Up to the time when the fortunes of war so materially changed the status of the island, nearly all the books written on the subject were in Spanish and
issued from the presses of Madrid. The only notable exception is the valuable work by
Colonel George D. Flinter of the general staff of the army of the Queen of Spain. The book is in English, and gives a reliable account of the "Present State of the Island of Porto Rico"; it was published in 1834.
May, 1903 JBS..
well that is all i have....good luck...the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) records...might help..during that gap...
P.S. type on over to our web page. ....Still working on the Census of the "Barrio Carcel de Mayaguez".