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Federal population census records, 1790-1930

Please note that the 1930 Census is the most recent one available for research.


A Beginners Guide To The U.S. Census


U. S. Census Bureau


An "On-Line Inventory" of Transcribed Census Files:

The transcriptions can be viewed at USGenWeb Census Project


1930 Census Index (Partial)


The 1830 Federal Census for Campbell County


1850 Campbell County Census Records


1860 Campbell County Census Records


1860 Mortality Schedule


Index 1870 Campbell County Census




Free at Latter Day Saints Click on Family History on the Left column


1890 Veterans Schedule 


1891 Partial

On January 10, 1921, a fire in the Commerce Department building, Washington, DC, resulted in the destruction of most of the 1890 census.
Some fragments of the 1890 census did survive, however, and they are very useful to researchers. The surviving parts include

General population census schedules
Schedules of Union Civil War Veterans or their widows
Oklahoma territorial schedules
List of selected Delaware African-Americans,
Statistics of Lutheran congregations
Statistical information for the entire United States


Interesting Information From 2000 Federal Census Available At This Site.....


Contributed by Steve Edgerton   February 04, 2004
The article below first appeared in the "Kentucky Farmer" and was written by Nevyle Shacklford who is with the Department of Public Information, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

"Sir: I beg to report that I have been dogbit, goose-pecked, cowkicked, briar-scratched, shot at, and called every 'fowel' that can be tho't of. I have worked 12 days and made $2. I have had enough and I beg to resign my position as a census taker for Crittenden Township."

So wrote Roger Waite to a marshal of census enumerators for the
State of Vermont on August 24, 1790 the year of the first national census of the United States.

Research does not reveal whether or not the disheartened and disgusted Waite's resignation was accepted or denied. What is revealed is that the pay for enumerators was very low, even for that day. Government records that the highest rate paid under any condition was $1.00 for the count of 50 persons and that was for enumerators in outlying districts where the inhabitants were "widely dispersed." In cities and towns the rate was $1.00 for every 300 persons counted. Out of these amounts, the census takers were obliged to furnish their own schedules "properly ruled" and to take care of any other expenses incurred. In some instances the cost of the schedules was more than the fees collected.

There were various other reasons on the part of the population for the reluctance to answer questions, but in a 1909 publication issued by the U.S. Census Bureau, it is written that the most potent factor was the widespread belief that the census was connected with taxes.
At the end of this first census in 1790, the total population count was a fraction under 4 million. Some authorities of that ime, however, were a bit dubious of that figure. Because of the low pay they believed that to make ends meet, some of the enumerators in the "more remote and sparsely settled sections" of the country may have included "some persons not in existence."
One reasonable ground for such suspicion stemmed from what was described as the "absurd and ludicrous combinations of the names and surnames" listed on the census taker schedules
and turned in to the marshals. Officers of the Bureau of Census believed that such names as "Joseph Came, Peter Went, John Sat, Joseph Grackbone, Ruth Shaves, Web Ashbean, Comfort Clock, Sarah Goosehorn, Moses Rainwater, Mercy Cheese, Unity Tallowback, Lookinbill Barnthistle, Sussannsh Beersticker, Constance Cathole," and hundreds of other equally absurd, were spurious and not the names of real citizens.



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  • Census on microfilm for Campbell County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Campbell County census records in book form:  *1850,  *1860,  1870,  1880





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