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 OREGON CENSUS, 1841-90

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Oregon Census, 1841-90

U.S. Federal Census indexes (and other related census indexes) for Oregon from 1841 to 1890.

Description

This collection contains the following indexes: 1841-1849 Census Index; 1850 Federal Census Index; 1851-1859 Census Index; 1860 Federal Census Index; 1870 Federal Census Index; 1880 Federal Census Index; 1890 Veterans Schedules.

Extended Description

INTRODUCTION

By constitutional requirement, the federal government of the United States conducts an enumeration of the nation every ten years. Since the first census in 1790, the returns from these censuses have become an invaluable source of information for genealogists and others. This collection of census records contains a vast amount of information on millions of Americans.

Although the questions asked and information provided has changed since that first census, there is some basic information provided in all indexes. The name of the head of the household is provided from the first census. In 1800, age categorization and residence was added to the other questions regarding slaves, and number of males and females. In 1820, categorization of occupation was added. In 1830, categorization of deaf, dumb, and blind persons was added. In 1850, the name, age, sex, color, place of birth, and literacy was added to the questionnaire. In 1860, the value of real estate was an added feature of the enumeration. And in 1880 the census added questions relative to marital status, and parents' place of birth.

VETERAN SCHEDULES (1840-1890)

In 1840 an enumeration of living Revolutionary War veterans was included in the census. This was a list of names recorded on the back of the original printed census forms. Beginning in 1870, the enumerators asked questions regarding Civil War veterans and lists were compiled from these records. In both cases, only the name of the veteran is available.

SLAVE SCHEDULES

At the 1850 and 1860 censuses, an enumeration of slaves was performed. Full names were rarely recorded, yet each slave was numbered. Organized by owner, each person was listed with age, sex and color. With these details, along with other facts gathered outside the schedule, it is possible to locate a specific person without actually finding their name.

LIMITATIONS

Despite the wealth of information available in census indexes, there are limitations. These include incomplete information, mis-transcribed information, mis-recorded information, and incorrect information. Reasons for these problems include persons who refused to answer the enumerators questions, persons who lied in answer to the enumerators questions, persons missed by the enumerators, and human error in writing down the information originally or transmitted incorrectly.

For further, more detailed, information refer to Chapter 5 (pg. 103-146) in The Source, edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, or Chapter 9 (pg. 301-352) in Printed Sources, edited by Kory L. Meyerink.

RELATED DATABASES
 •  Oregon Death Index, 1903-98  Record of those who died in the state of Oregon between 1903 and 1998.
 •  Clifford Allen, Rail Trip to California, early 1900s  Narrative of a railroad trip across the United States to California
 •  Benjamin D. Wilson, Report on California Indians, 1852  A report of the indians of southern California in 1852 as written by an indian agent
 •  Prairie View Cemetery Inscriptions, Grangeville, Idaho  Listing of over 4500 headstone inscriptions in Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville, Idaho
 •  Oregon Marriages, 1906-20  Index of marriages filed in the state of Oregon from 1906 through 1920
 •  Pacific Coast Directory, 1867  Pacific Coast Business Directory of 25,200 names for 1867
 •  New Bedford, Massachusetts Directories, 1887, 1889-90  Directories listing over 45,200 names for New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1887, 1889-90
 •  Somerville, Massachusetts Directories, 1889-90, 1892  Directories listing over 45,700 names for Somerville, Mssachusetts from 1889-90 and 1892
 •  Harney County, Oregon, Cemetery Records  This database contains names of persons buried in Harney County, Oregon.
 •  Allentown, Pennsylvania Directories, 1887, 1889-90  Directories listing over 54,000 names for Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1887 and 1889-90





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