Questions asked on the 1860 US Census (8th)

James Buchanan

James Buchanan

1860 US Census Questions (see blank form) (see Census site here for 1860)

U.S. President: James Buchanan

Population: 31,443,321
Census Date: 1 June 1860
Time to complete: six months
US States:  33

” Enumerators of the 1860 census were instructed to record the names of every person in the household. Added to this, enumerators were presented with printed instructions, which account for the greater degree of accuracy compared with earlier censuses. Enumerators were asked to include the following categories in the census: name; age as of the census day; sex; color; birthplace; occupation of persons over age fifteen; value of real estate; whether married within the previous year; whether deaf, dumb, blind, insane, a pauper, or a convict; whether able to read or speak English; 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 person, male and female, over 15 years of age
  8. value of estate owned – real estate
  9. value of personal estate
  10. place of birth – naming the state, territory or country
  11. married w/in the year
  12. attended school within the year
  13. persons over 20 years of age who cannot read & write
  14. whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.
  • Census questions transcription questions transcription © 2012 SE. Ross
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