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Portal:United States Census


1860 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1860, for five months. The following information was recorded by the census taker:

                        Occupation males over 15
                        Value of real estate
                        Value of personal estate
                        Married during year
                        Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiot, pauper, convict
                SLAVE SCHEDULES:
                        Name of slave owner
                        # of slaves owned
                        # of slaves manumitted (released from slavery)
                        NO NAME OF SLAVES
                        Age, color, sex
                        Deaf-mute, blind, insane, idiotic?
                        Fugitive from state?
1790-2000 Information: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf


  The 1860 census can be used to:1

                        Find free population/slave pop. & mortality, agriculture, industry data
                        Identify families by name
                        Identify birthplaces which helps w/immigration
                        Identify ages —go to vital records
                        Identify real estate—land and tax records
                        Identify probable relationships—be careful!
                        Identify occupations/property value
                        Identify possible remarriages/step relationships
1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html

Unique Features and Problems

1.  First time “value of personal estates” was asked (Note: Individuals may have hesitated to answer correctly because
     they were taxed accordingly.)
2.  Country of Birth: Instead of just Great Britain or Germany places were to be more specific: ex: England, Ireland,
     Prussia Baden, etc.
3.  Personal estate—first time
4.  Total of 3 copies again

States Covered and Missing

  • Alabama
  •  Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  •  Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia (inc. West Virginia)
  • Wisconsin

No states missing


  • Dakota (unorganized)
  • Indian (non-Indians included with Arkansas)
  • Kansas (portions of Colorado)
  • Nebraska (inc. parts Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North & South Dakota)
  • New Mexico Territory (inc. Arizona)
  • Utah (inc. Nevada, Colorado, Washington)
  • Washington Territory (inc. Idaho, western Montana, Wyoming

 Web Sites

1790-2000 Info: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf

1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html


  1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.)