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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
This census enumerated the population in 1885.  
 
This census enumerated the population in 1885.  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
  
 
The census information was handwritten on pre-printed sheets. The census is arranged by town and then alphabetically by males and females.  
 
The census information was handwritten on pre-printed sheets. The census is arranged by town and then alphabetically by males and females.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Rhode Island took state censuses in the following years:&nbsp;
  
[[Image:Rhode Island 1885 State Census (10-0056) DGS 4539678 75.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*1865
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*1875
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*1885  
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*1905
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*1915
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*1925
  
The census includes the following information:  
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For a list of records by counties currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1794115/waypoints Browse].
  
*Name of every person who resided in the family
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The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population to determine how many representatives the state had for legislative purposes.&nbsp;
*Relationship to head of household
 
*Age
 
*Marital status
 
*Sex
 
*Race
 
*Place of birth
 
*Nativity of parents
 
*Voting information for males over 21
 
*Whether an alien or naturalized
 
*Whether literate or not
 
*Number of months in school
 
*Any disabilities
 
*Occupation
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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Reliability of information in the census is determined by the accuracy of the knowledge of the informant. Informants could have been any member of the family or even a neighbor.&nbsp;
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
*The county where the marriage occurred.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Rhode Island, State Census, 1885." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Census Board. State Archives, Providence.}}
*The name of the person at the time of marriage.  
 
*The approximate marriage date.  
 
*The marriage place.  
 
*The name of the intended spouse.
 
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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[[Rhode Island 1885 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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== Record Content  ==
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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[[Image:Rhode Island 1885 State Census (10-0056) DGS 4539678 75.jpg|thumb|right|180x250px]]
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:  
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The census includes the following information:  
  
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Ward, city and county of enumeration
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*Name of every person who residing in family
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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*Relationship to head of household
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*Gender, race, age and marital status of each individual
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*Place of birth
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*Parents' place of birth
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*Occupation
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*Whether or not in school
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*Whether literate or not
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*Voting information for males over 21
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*Whether an alien or naturalized
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*Occupation
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*Any disabilities or physical limitations
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)| United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the census index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page number or family number) to locate your ancestors in the census. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  
== Record History  ==
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When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
  
Rhode Island took state censuses in the following years:
+
*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.
 +
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 +
*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
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*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 records at the port of entry into the United States.
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*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
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*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.”
  
*1865
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It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
*1875
 
*1885
 
*1905
 
*1915
 
*1925
 
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
  
The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population to determine how many representatives the state had for legislative purposes.
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Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:
  
== Record Reliability  ==
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*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
 +
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
 +
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
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*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
 +
*The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
  
Reliability of information in the census is determined by the accuracy of the knowledge of the informant. Informants could have been any member of the family or even a neighbor.
+
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== Related Web Sites:  ==
 
== Related Web Sites:  ==
  
'''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here'''.  
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/ Free Census Project USGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/rhodeisland/ Rhode Island Censuses]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Rhode Island Censuses Existing and Lost|Rhode Island Censuses Existing and Lost]]  
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*[[Rhode Island|Rhode Island]]
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*[[Rhode Island Census|Rhode Island Census]]
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*[[Rhode Island Censuses Existing and Lost|Rhode Island Censuses Existing and Lost]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->“Rhode Island State Census, 1885,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from Rhode Island State Archives, Providence. FHL Microfilm, 12 rolls, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
 
The suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
 
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
Rhode Island, State Census, 1885, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: January 27, 2011). Census Record for Allen Rodges, age 67, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island, film number 9539677.  
 
  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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"Rhode Island, State Census, 1885,"database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M5XP-MZW: accessed 7 April 2011). Allen Rogers, age 67; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 4,539,677; Rhode Island State Archives. Providence, Rhode Island.
  
 
[[Category:Rhode_Island|Census]]
 
[[Category:Rhode_Island|Census]]

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Record Description

This census enumerated the population in 1885.

The census information was handwritten on pre-printed sheets. The census is arranged by town and then alphabetically by males and females.

Rhode Island took state censuses in the following years: 

  • 1865
  • 1875
  • 1885
  • 1905
  • 1915
  • 1925

For a list of records by counties currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population to determine how many representatives the state had for legislative purposes. 

Reliability of information in the census is determined by the accuracy of the knowledge of the informant. Informants could have been any member of the family or even a neighbor. 

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Rhode Island, State Census, 1885." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Census Board. State Archives, Providence.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Rhode Island 1885 State Census (10-0056) DGS 4539678 75.jpg

The census includes the following information:

  • Ward, city and county of enumeration
  • Name of every person who residing in family
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Gender, race, age and marital status of each individual
  • Place of birth
  • Parents' place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Whether or not in school
  • Whether literate or not
  • Voting information for males over 21
  • Whether an alien or naturalized
  • Occupation
  • Any disabilities or physical limitations

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the census index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page number or family number) to locate your ancestors in the census. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • 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.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the 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 records at the port of entry into the United States.
  • 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.”

It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.

Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.

Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:

  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Related Web Sites:

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Rhode Island, State Census, 1885,"database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M5XP-MZW: accessed 7 April 2011). Allen Rogers, age 67; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 4,539,677; Rhode Island State Archives. Providence, Rhode Island.