Wisconsin, State Census, 1855 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

Wisconsin census were conducted from 1855-1905. This information pertains to censuses taken in the year 1855. 

Record History

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.   

Why This Record Was Created

The state census of Wisconsin was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes 

Record Reliability

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. 

Record Description

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. 

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in Wisconsin state censuses for the year 1855:

  • Name of the head of the family
  • Number of individuals in the household by sex and race
  • Number of deaf and dumb, blind, insane, and foreign born 

How To Use The Record

State census records are a good source to identify residence. Use this information to search for other record types. The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

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Sources of This Collection

  • Wisconsin.  1855 State Census.  Digital images of originals housed in the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.

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