Puerto Rico, Agricultural Schedules of the 1935 Special Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1935
Language Spanish
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of images of the agricultural schedules from the census taken in 1935 by the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration under the supervision of the United States Bureau of Census. Production items relate to the year 1935 and the other items to December 1, 1935.

Document sections are represented by Roman Numerals (e.g., I, II, III, etc.).

  • Sections I and II contain genealogical information. Section VI also gives the race and number of people living on the land.
  • Sections III-XI only contain information pertaining to the land itself, if any and number of animals, and the type and number of machinery used on that land.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish and French.For help reading these records see the following guides:

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What Can these Records Tell Me?

Sections I-II of the census include the following information:

  • Name of the manager/operator of each farm
  • Address or residence
  • Race
  • Date the manager/operator began working the land
  • Other occupation(s)
  • Name of other people that pieces of the land have been leased to
  • Address of other people that pieces of the land have been leased to
  • Name of owner and whether he is living or deceased

Sections III-XI of the census include the following:

  • Acreage
  • Value and indebtedness
  • Number of farm buildings and inhabitant
  • Crops for sale
  • Number and kind of domesticated animals
  • Details about machinery used on farm

The Informe del Enumerador (Enumerator Report) gives the:

  • Municipality (Municipalidad)
  • District number
  • Name of district (barrio)
  • The Numero de la finca en orden de visita just states what number this land is in the order the enumerator visited.
  • E.D. stands for Enumeration District and is the number assigned by the Census Bureau to this district for census purposes (i.e., how the Census Bureau tracks and enumerates parcels of land).

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