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1840 Census Findings


Free Download:  Blank 1840 Census Form needed to record your ancestors in the 1840 census.


What information can be found in the 6th Federal Census of the United States?

Questions Asked on the 1840 Census

  • Name of the head of each household.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 0-5

  • How many free white males and free white females age 5-10.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 10-15.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 15-20.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 20-30.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 30-40.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 40-50.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 50-60.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 60-70.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 70-80.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 80-90.

  • How many free white males and free white females age 90-100.

  • How many free white males and free white females over 100.

  • How many males slaves under age 10, over 10 and under 24, over 24 and under 36, over 36 and under 55, over 55 and under 100, over age 100.

  • How many female slaves under age 10, over 10 and under 24, over 24 and under 36, over 36 and under 55, over 55 and under 100, over age 100.

  • How many free black males under age 10, over 10 and under 24, over 24 and under 36, over 36 and under 55, over 55 and under 100, over age 100.

  • How many free black females under age 10, over 10 and under 24, over 24 and under 36, over 36 and under 55, over 55 and under 100, over age 100.

  • How many individuals engaged in mining, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing and trades, navigation of the oceans, navigation of the lakes, canals, and rivers, learned professions and engineering.

  • How many deaf and dumb whites under age 14, over 14 and under 25, over age 25.

  • How many blind whites.

  • How many idiotic or insane whites.

  • How many white males over 21 who cannot read and write.

  • How many deaf and dumb slaves and free blacks under 14, over 14 and under 25, over age 25.

  • How many blind slaves and free blacks.

  • How many idiotic or insane slaves and free blacks.

  • How many white foreigners not naturalized.

  • Names and ages of all Revolutionary War pensioners.

This census included a separate listing for all Revolutionary War pensioners, thus creating what you will often find online listed as the 1840 pensioners census.

Good Sense Census Tip:  Be sure to check the Revolutionary War veterans listed in this census.  If you are lucky enough to find your ancestor listed there, you may be able to find military records, pension records and even search for bounty or land grants.  As in the earlier censuses, the 1840 census still lists only the head of household by name.

1840 Census Records Online at Ancestry - Learn about the 1840 Census Records & how to access the census index and images.

Free Download: 1840 Census Form to record your family from 1840 census data.


Which States Were Included in 1840 Census Records? (30 states)

Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

 


Where Can 1840 US Census Data be found?

1. Census Finder Census Directory - This is our own directory of free census records which can be found online.  Our directory is categorized by state and county and we have attempted to list every census index, census transcription, and even census images which can be found online. 

To access the directory, Choose a State: Alabama Census, Alaska Census, Arizona Census, Arkansas Census, California Census, Colorado Census, Connecticut Census, Delaware Census, District of Columbia Census, Florida Census, Georgia Census, Hawaii Census, Idaho Census, Illinois Census, Indiana Census, Iowa Census, Kansas Census, Kentucky Census, Louisiana Census, Maine Census, Maryland CensusMassachusetts Census, Michigan Census, Minnesota Census, Mississippi Census, Missouri Census, Montana Census, Nebraska Census, Nevada Census, New Hampshire Census, New Jersey Census, New Mexico Census, New York Census, North Carolina Census, North Dakota Census, Ohio Census, Oklahoma Census, Oregon Census, Pennsylvania Census, Rhode Island Census, South Carolina Census, South Dakota Census, Tennessee Census, Texas Census, Utah Census, Vermont Census, Virginia Census, Washington Census, West Virginia Census, Wisconsin Census, Wyoming Census

 

2. Ancestry.com Census Records   Ancestry.com has completed the database of all US census records 1790-1940.  This is the greatest tool for genealogy research in the United States to be found online and it does include the entire collection of 1840 census records enumerated in the United States.  While it is a paid subscription, it is well worth the money and they have so many more genealogy records in their databases.

 

3. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)  The archives maintained by the Federal US Government contains all United States Federal census records on microfilm.  They are in the process of placing their census collections online.  On their site, you will find an online catalog of available microfilm and a lot of useful information about what is available for census research.  See Clues in Census Records 1790-1840.

 

4. FamilySearch.org The LDS (Latter Day Saints) Library in Salt Lake City also maintains the entire set of US Federal census microfilm and these can also be found or ordered for a fee at Family History Libraries located throughout the United States.  You can search for a Family History Library near you using this search The LDS Church is also putting many census records and genealogical indexes online and these can be accessed on their site.  Search at FamilySearch.org at Discover Your Family History and you may also view the entire list of LDS online records here.

 

5. Local libraries will often have history and genealogy departments with a (usually incomplete) collection of microfilm available for research and sometimes they will offer their patrons online subscriptions which can be accessed while at the library.

 


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