Depending on the census record, you can also find their address, their occupation, their parents’ birthplaces, their citizenship status, their year of immigration, their marriage info, their military service info, how many children they have, others living in the household and their info, the value of their home and personal belongings, and more!
In this series, I will be focusing on the 1850 to 1950 U.S. Federal Census Records, and today’s topic will be the 1860 Census.
The 1860 U.S. Census: This was the second U.S. Census that listed EVERY (free) household member by name and had detailed categories.
This census had the same categories as the 1850 census such as including ALL household members’ names; their ages, sex, color, and place of birth; whether they were deaf/mute, blind, insane or “idiotic”(underdeveloped mentally); whether they were a pauper (relied on charity or local welfare, such as a poor fund or an almshouse) or a convict, whether any of the household members were married or attended school within the year; the occupation of all males over the age of 15; the literacy of each over the age of 20; and the value of any real estate owned, but now also included the new category of the value of their personal estate.
Once again, the relationships of each person in the household were not shown, so be careful assuming the young ones were children; they could have been nieces, nephews, laborers, children taken in, etc.; the same also goes for any others listed. 😉
Depending on where and by whom the census was taken, I usually don’t find this census filled out consistently, and the last category is underreported, but if it is, then you have a lot of details to help you in your research! EVERY detail/clue helps in genealogy! 😉
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