Census Schedules

 

Ever wonder what is contained in census schedules? We have tried to make it a little easier to find out. The first part of this page is for the 1790 to 1840 census. The bottom part of the page is for 1850 to 1910 census.

1790 to 1840 Census Schedules

Subject

1790

1800 1810 1820 1830 1840
Name of head of family and number of free white males (within specified age groups) and free white females (age groups unspecified in each household) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Number of free white females, within specified age groups, in each household. no yes yes yes yes yes
Name of slaveowner and number of slaves owned by each owner. yes yes yes yes yes yes
Number of male and female slaves, within specified age groups, owned by each owner. no no no yes yes yes
Number of foreigners, in each household, not naturalized. no no no yes yes no
Number of deaf, dumb, and blind persons, within specified categories, in each household. no no no no yes yes
Name and age of each person receiving a federal military pension no no no no no yes
Number of persons in each household attending specified classes at school no no no no no yes

 

1850-1910 Census Schedules

Subject 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910
Name and age yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Name of street and number of house no no no yes yes yes yes
Relationship to head of family no no no yes yes yes yes
Month of birth, if born within year no no yes yes no yes no
Sex, color, birthplace, and occupation yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Naturalized or whether naturalization papers had been taken out. no no no no yes yes yes
Number of years in United States no no no no yes yes yes
Value of personal estate no yes yes no no no no
Value of real estate yes yes yes no no no no
Home or farm free of mortgage no no no no yes yes yes
Marital status no no no yes yes yes yes
Married within the year yes yes yes yes yes no no
Month of marriage if married within the year no no yes no no no no
Temporarily or permanently disabled no no no yes no no no
Suffering from acute or chronic disease no no no no yes no no
Crippled, maimed, or deformed no no no yes yes no no
Time unemployed during census year no no no yes yes yes yes
Deaf, dumb, blind, or insane yes yes yes yes yes no yes
A pauper yes yes no no yes no no
A prisoner or homeless child no no no no yes no no
A convict yes yes no no yes no no
Able to speak English no no no no yes yes yes
Able to read and write and attended school within year yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Birthplaces of mother and father no no no yes yes yes yes
Father or mother of foreign birth no no yes yes yes yes yes
Number of living children, if a mother no no no no yes yes yes
Was soldier, sailor, or marine during the Civil War (U.S. or Conf.) or widow of such person no no no no yes yes yes
Number of years in present marriage no no no no no yes yes
Number of children born no no no no no yes yes
Mother tongue no no no no no no yes

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