Argentina, National Census, 1869 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Argentina, Censo de 1869

Record Description

The census enumerations were recorded in registers with legal size papers in landscape orientation. Each book (libreto) is separated by a title page, which includes the name of the province, the section, and the type of population covered. It is followed by the enumeration sheets containing surname and names of the inhabitants, age, gender, and civil status, nationality, place of birth, occupation, literacy, and special conditions. At the end of each book (libretto) is a global summary page of the register.

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The First National Census of the Argentine Republic was executed in the whole country simultaneously in three days in the month of September 1869, under the presidency of the nation’s then president Mr. Domingo F. Sarmiento. The country was divided in five areas: North, South, East, West, and the National Territories. Each area was divided into provinces and these in sections or districts (partidos); in some cases the barracks are mentioned. The city of Buenos Aires was divided in police sections (secciones de policía). The census enumeration registers were preserved well. The 1869 National Census of Argentina covers about 1,877,490 inhabitants. The First National Census of Argentina was performed on September 15, 16, and 17 of the year 1869. 

The census of 1869 was created for demographic and statistical purposes in relation to the growth of the nation.

Patrons can get genealogical data, unavailable in other resources, for their ancestors living in Argentina in the year 1869.

The data element listed 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.

Citation for This Collection

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Comisión Directiva del Censo. Argentina National Census, 1869. Archivo General de la Nación, Buenos Aires.

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Record Content

The census of 1869 includes the following information:

  • Name of the province
  • Name of the section or district
  • Type of population
  • Last name and given name
  • Age, gender, and civil status
  • Nationality and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Literacy (ability to read and write)

Important genealogical information found in the 1869 census records include:

  • Place name
  • Names of inhabitants by place
  • Age, gender, and civil status at the time of the enumeration
  • The inhabitant’s nationality
  • Province of birth if Argentine
  • Type of occupation, profession, or means of life
  • Statistics summary of the special conditions, such as legitimacy, race, disabilities, students, and others

How to Use the Record

Patrons can get genealogical data, unavailable in other resources, for their ancestors living in Argentina in the year 1869.

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"Argentina National Census, 1869," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 April 2012), Argentina National Census, 1869 > Entre Rios > La Paz > Distrito Yeso > Image 38 of 94, Pablo Chavez; citing Comisión Directiva del Censo, Argentina National Census, 1869, Archivo General de la Nación, Buenos Aires.