1850 US Census
The 1850 United States census was recorded as of Jun. 1, 1850 and is significant due to the fact that it is the first census to include and name all persons living in each household. Previous census records only contained names of heads of families and listed other unnamed persons living in the same household according to age spans and sex.
Unfortunately, the original census questionnaire did not indicate the relationships between each member of the household. There could therefore be brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, etc., living with the families that would not be readily identifiable.
Images used in this transcriptions were originally copied from the 1000 rolls of National Archives and Records Administration microfilm, number M432. This transcription is presented in a two-part format: a nominal index in alphabetical order by surname and first name(s); and and main transcription, giving the makeup of families numbered by state.
For instance, if one wants to view the family of Anson J. Titus of Kingsville, Ashtabula Co., OH, born ca. 1799, just look at the family number column in the index. He can be found in family number 41. Then go to the main transcription, scroll to OH, then to family 41.
Items included on the 1850 census form were as follows:
1. Dwelling house numbered in the order of visitation.
2. Families numbered in the order of visitation.
3. The name of every person whose usual place of abode was in this family.
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 within the year.
11. Attended school within the year.
12. Persons over 20 years of age who cannot read or write.
13. Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict.
The following column titles were used in the accompanying transcriptions:
2. Town. (or district, ward, etc.).
5. Name. (first name, names or initials).
6. Born. (approximate year of birth).
9. Family number. (Inserted by the author. These numbers run consecutively by state and can be used in conjunction with the nominal index).