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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. However, no census was taken in 1865. The completed forms were sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.&nbsp;
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== What Is in the Collection?  ==
  
Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1855.&nbsp;
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The collection consists of an index and images to the Wisconsin state population census taken in 1855. This census only identifies the head of family by name. The rest of the census is statistical.  
 
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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.  
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 falsified.
 
 
 
For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1443825/waypoints Browse].
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
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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. Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1855. The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.
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[[Wisconsin 1855 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
== Record Content  ==
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Key genealogical facts found in Wisconsin state censuses for the year 1855:
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:Wisconsin 1855 Census.jpg|thumb|center]]
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Wisconsin state censuses for the year 1855 include:
  
*Name of the head of the family  
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*Name of head of family  
*Number of individuals in the household by sex and race
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*Number of white males and white females in each household  
*Number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane, and foreign born
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*Number of colored males and colored females in each household
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*Number of individuals who are deaf and dumb, blind, or insane  
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*Number of individuals who are foreign born
  
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
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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.
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The name of a family member or place of residence
  
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.
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1443825 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
For example:  
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=== View the Images ===
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Township/City/Town/Village/Ward'''
  
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*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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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.
  
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.  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find the family in additional censuses.
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*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date to find other records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.  Also search for immigration, land and probate records.
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*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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*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.”
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Wisconsin Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*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.  
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?  ===
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.  
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*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.  
*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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*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.
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
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*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. 
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*Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Wisconsin, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=368&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Wisconsin%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Acensus FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
You should also be aware that 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)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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== Related Websites ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Wisconsin Census]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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"Wisconsin State Census, 1855." index and images, ''FamilySearch''(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 April 2011). &nbsp;John B. Smith; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 1,032,686; Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.
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What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images to the Wisconsin state population census taken in 1855. This census only identifies the head of family by name. The rest of the census is statistical. 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. Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1855. The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wisconsin State Census, 1855.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Wisconsin state censuses for the year 1855 include:

  • Name of head of family
  • Number of white males and white females in each household
  • Number of colored males and colored females in each household
  • Number of individuals who are deaf and dumb, blind, or insane
  • Number of individuals who are foreign born

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. 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

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Township/City/Town/Village/Ward

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find the family in additional censuses.
  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date to find other records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. Also search for immigration, land and probate records.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • 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.”
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Wisconsin, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Known Issues With This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Wisconsin State Census, 1855." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of State. State Historical Society, Madison.
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