Argentina, Capital Federal, Census, 1855 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Location of Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: Federal
Collection years: 1855
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Censo de 1855 de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes census records for 1855.

Each of the census registers is separated by a title page, which includes the name of the parish, the name or number of the ward, and the name or number of the block. It is followed by the enumeration sheets containing the following information in columns: Names and surnames of the inhabitants, relationship to the householder, civil status, gender, age, if the person knows how to read and write, place of birth, nationality, the length of time in the country if the person is a foreigner, and occupation or profession.

This census of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was performed on Wednesday, October 17, 1855, under the direction of the then Statistics Department (Mesa de Estadística), which was directed at the time by Justo Maeso. Authorization for the census was given in July 1855 by the government council member Valentín Alsina. This census covers about 92,000 inhabitants.

For the purpose of the census, the city of Buenos Aires was divided into thirteen parishes. Each parish was subdivided into barracks and blocks.

The information found in the census is of great value when civil or parish records are not available. It will permit the patron to find information unavailable elsewhere, which will help to continue research for an ancestor. The census records should be considered as a secondary source and used only when civil or church records are not available.

As of 20 December 2016 this collection included records from the following parishes:

Parish
Balvanera
Barracas al Norte
Cañuelas
Catedral del Norte
Catedral Sud
La Piedad
Monserrat
Para Campo
Pilar
San Miguel
San Nicolas
San Pedro Gonzalez Telmo
Socorro

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish; see the section For Help Reading These Records for translation helps.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Argentina, Capital Federal, Census, 1855.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The census of 1855 of the city of Buenos Aires may include the following information:

  • Name
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Country of birth
  • Literacy
  • Number of years in Argentina

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

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.

View the Images

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  1. Select Parish
  2. Select Section Number to view the images


For Help Reading These Records

For help reading these Spanish records, see the following wiki articles:

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate Argentina Church Records and Argentina Land and Property records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name. Click here for a list of Spanish name abbreviations
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Argentina, Capital Federal, censo, 1855." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Buenos Aires (Census Directive Commission. General Archive of the Nation, Buenos Aires.

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