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TIP #1070 HELPFUL INFORMATION ON THE CENSUS RECORDS

Posted: 5 Dec 2013 7:28AM GMT
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We normally just look at the names, ages and place of birth and forget to check the other columns – or if working from a transcription, many of these columns are not transcribed.

A quick look at the census 1790 through 1840.
Shown:

Name of head of family and number of free white males within specified age groups and free white females (same) in each household. 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840

Number of free white females within age groups, in each household: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840.
Name of slave owner and number of slaves owned by each owner. 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840.
Number of male & female slaves within age groups owned by owner: 1820, 1830, 1840.
Number of foreigners in each household not naturalized: 1820, 1830, 1840.
Number of deaf, dumb & blind in each household by age group: 1830, 1840.
Name & age of each person receiving a federal military pension: 1840.
Number of persons in household attending specified classes at school: 1840

1850 through 1910: Note that the 1890 census for KY burned. From 1920-1940, researchers will have to check!

Name and age: All
Name of Street & Number of house: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Relationship to Head of Family: 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910.
Month of birth if born within the year: 1880, 1900, 1910.
Sex, color, birthplace & occupation: All
Whether naturalized or naturalization papers had been taken out: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Number of years in the United States: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Value of personal estate: 1860, 1870.
Value of real estate: 1850, 1860, 1870.
Whether home & farm free of mortgage: 1890, 1900, 1910
Marital status: 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910.
Whether married in the past year: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890.
Month of marriage, if married within the year: 1870.
Whether temporarily or permanently disabled: 1880.
Whether suffering from acute or chronic disease: 1890.
Whether crippled, maimed, or deformed: None
Time unemployed during census year: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Whether deaf, dumb, blind, or insane: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1910.
Whether a pauper: 1850, 1860.
Whether a prisoner or homeless child: 1890.
Whether a convict: 1850, 1860.
Whether able to speak English: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Whether able to read & write & whether attended school within the year: All
Birthplaces of father & mother: 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910.
Whether father or mother of foreign birth: 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910.
Number of children, if a mother: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Whether soldier/sailor/marine during Civil War or Confederate, or widow of such: 1890, 1900, 1910.
Number of years in present marriage: 1900, 1910.
Number of children born: 1900, 1910
Mother tongue: 1910

Special censuses:

1810: Census of manufacturers. Not extant.

1820: Same Name of articles manufactured, kind, quantity, cost of raw materials, # of employees of each sex, kind of machinery, capital invested, salaries, expenses & general observations. Extant in National Archives on microfilm.

1850: Mortality schedules- shown above.

1850: Agriculture schedules: If annual produce worth $100 or more – name of owner, agent or tenant, kind and value of acreage, machinery, livestock, produce.

1850: Industrial schedules: for manufacturing, mining, fisheries, mercantile, commercial & trading business with gross income of $500 or more. Name of company or owner, kind of business, capital invested, quantity & value of materials, labor, machinery & products.

1860 through 1890 – same as 1850.

1890: Veteran’s schedules. Available on microfilm at National Archives. ½ of Kentucky was saved. Shows name of a Union veteran of the Civil War, name of his widow if applicable, rank, company, regiment or vessel, date of enlistment & discharge, length of service, post office address, disability and remarks. There are 118 rolls, no indication of which one contains Kentucky.

No census exists for Kentucky for 1790, 1800 or 1890.

More information next week.

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