Questions asked on the 1850 US Census (7th)

1850 US Census Questions (see blank form) (see Census site here for 1850)
Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore

U.S. President: Millard Fillmore
Population: 23,191,876
Census Date: 1 June 1850
Time to complete: six months
US States: 30

“One of the most significant changes in the U.S. Census occurred with this effort which recorded the names of every individual in a household. In addition, enumerators were directed to include the following: name; age as of the census day; sex; color; birthplace; occupation of males over age fifteen; value of real estate; whether married within the previous year; whether deaf-mute, blind, insane, or “idiotic”; whether able to read or write for individuals over age twenty; and whether the person attended school within the previous year. No relationships were shown between members of a household.”

  1. Dwelling houses numbered in the order of visitation
  2. families numbered in the order of visitation
  3. name of every person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June, 1850, was his this family
  4. age
  5. sex
  6. color – white, black, or mulatto
  7. profession, occupation, or trade of each male person over 15 years of age
  8. value of real estate owned
  9. place of birth – naming the state, territory or country
  10. married w/in the year
  11. attended school within the year
  12. persons over 20 years of age who cannot read & write
  13. whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.
  • Census questions transcription questions transcription © 2012 SE. Ross
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