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Free Download:  Blank 1850 Census Form needed to record your ancestors in the 1850 census.


What information can be found in the 7th Federal Census of the United States?

Questions Asked on the 1850 Census

  • Name, age, sex and color of every person in the household.

  • Occupation of each person over age 15.

  • Value of real estate owned.

  • Place of birth of each person.

  • Was the person married within the year.

  • Did the person attend school within the year.

  • Can the person read and write. (only if over age 20).

  • Is the person deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, a pauper or convict

The 1850 census is the first Federal census which lists each individual by their name!

Good Sense Census Tip:  Finding your ancestors is much easier beginning with the 1850 census due to the listing of the names of all family members and their exact ages.  You will learn more about your ancestors in the 1850 census than any Federal census recorded previously.  Once you find your ancestors in this census, it may be easier to work backwards to earlier censuses as you can compare them with this one, making it easier to identify individuals.  Beginning with this census, you can learn the occupation or profession of your ancestors easily.  This census also included mortality schedules which listed every person who died within the year by name and gave the reason for death.  Slave schedules listed slave owner's names along with the number of slaves owned.


Which States Were Included in 1850 Census Records? (36 states)

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 Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

 


1850 Census Articles

1850 Texas Census: Who Were the People and Where did They Live?


Further 1850 Census Research

1850 Census Records Online at Ancestry - Learn about the 1850 Census Records & how to access the census index and images.

Free Downloads: 1850 Blank Census Form       1850 Blank Form for Slave Schedules

Free Search: Search the 1850 census


Where Can 1850 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.  Also See 1850 Census Search

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 1850 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 1850-1930.

 

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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