Wisconsin State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Wisconsin State Census, 1885
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|Location of Wisconsin|
|Record Type||State Census|
|Historical Society of Wisconsin|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes records for the Wisconsin State Census that was taken in 1885. Population schedules consisted of large sheets with rows and columns. The schedules are arranged by county, then by political subdivision. The arrangement of families on a schedule is normally in the order in which the enumerator visited the households.
In 1855 the state legislature directed that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The completed forms were sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.
The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Wisconsin State Census, 1885.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of head of family
- Number of white males and white females in household
- Number of colored males and colored females in household
- Country of nativity: United States, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Scandinavia, Holland and All Others
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a family member or place of residence
Search the Index[edit | edit source]
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.
- Select County
- Select Township/City/Town/Village/Ward to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Wisconsin, State Census, 1885. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the information to find the family in additional censuses
- Use the information to determine an approximate birth date to find other records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. Also search for land and probate records
- Use the nativity information to research immigration records
- Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
- Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Wisconsin.
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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