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The official schedule of the 1820 census calls for 32 columns, although some counties returned schedules containing less than this required number. The columns are: (1-5) white males: (7-11) white females; (12) foreigners not naturalized; (13) persons engaged in agriculture; (14) persons engaged in commerce; (15) persons engaged in manufactures: (16-19) male slaves; (20-23) female slaves; (24-27 free male Negroes; (28-31) free female Negroes; (32) all other persons except Indians not taxed. This transcription includes all data given with the exception of the number of Negroes living in white households, and column 32, which was used very infrequently.
Key to column headings
A-white males under 10
B-white males 10-15....
C-white males 16-18....
D-white males 19-25....
E-white males 26-44....
F-white males 45 & over...
G-white females under 10...
H-white females 10-15
I-white females 16-25
J-white females 26-44
K-White females 45 & over
L-foreigners not naturalized
M-persons engaged in agriculture
N-persons engaged in commerce
O-persons engaged in manufactures
Negroes Where a plus sign (+) follows a name it is an indication of a Negro family, and the columns should then be interpreted:
C-Negro males under 14
D-Negro males 14-25
E-Negro males 26-44
F-Negro males 45 & over
H-Negro females under 14
I-Negro females 14-25
J-Negro females 26-44
K-Negro females 45 & OVER
L through O-as above
If a slave family, the word "slave" will follow the names of the household head. Others a (+) household may be assumed to be a free Negro family.
The sign (=) has been used to denote an illegibility due to torn parts of the page, ink smears, faded ink, worn paper, poor penmanship, or inability of the transcriber to interpret the meaning of the symbol. Where the interpretation is uncertain, a question make has been placed after the name. No spellings were intentionally changes, however the reader should understand that some early penmanship makes a very faint distinction between capital letters J, I, L, and S, and interpretation is frequently questionable, especially when these are used out of context, such as in initials. If there is any question as to interpretation, it is suggested that the original schedules, on file at the Nation Archives in Washington, D.C., be consulted.
F-0369...Federal Population Census, 1820 Michigan Census, Transcribed by: Ruby Wiedeman and Larry Bohannan, Published by Century Enterprises, Genealogical Service, P.O. Box ?, Huntsville, Arkansas 72740
Copyists to computer, transcribed and proofed by: Josephine Reed Garzelloni and Carole Mohney Carr for submission to the St. Joseph USGenWeb
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