Kansas, State Census, 1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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|Kansas, United States|
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|Location of Kansas|
|Record Type||Census Records|
- 1 What Is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in This Collection?
This is a collection of the Kansas state census taken in 1865. The census enumerates all household members.
Kansas became a state in 1861 and later passed a law requiring a state census every ten years to number the population of the various counties in order to determine apportionment of the state legislature. The first state census was taken in 1865 and continued until 1925, as the law was repealed in 1933.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The census images usually show the following information:
- Name of every person whose usual place of abode on May 1, 1865 was in this family
- Regiment if in military
- Company if in military
- Occupation of everyone over 15
- Value of real estate
- Value of personal estate
- Place of birth (state, territory, or country)
- Marital status
- If attended school within the year
- Whether literate
- Whether deaf, dumb, blind, insane, pauper or a convict
Indexed records usually contain the following:
- Estimated birth year
- Names of the members of the household with gender, age, and birthplace
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How Do I Search the Collection?
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- The name of the person
- The age or birth date and residence
- The names of family members
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What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
- Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
- Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept at the port of entry into the United States.
- Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
- Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
- Repeat this process with additional family members, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
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Citing This Collection
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- Collection Citation
- "Kansas State Census, 1865." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka.
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