Fayette County KY 1820 census index


Transcribed by and property of Don Rubarts

About the 1820 Census

The census transcription files are in Excel. Microsoft provides a free
Excel Viewer 2003 that you will need to download if you do not already
have Excel, Access or another compatible program on your computer.

Family Tree Magazine provides a number of free forms for genealogical use,
 including one for recording 1820 census data.

Fayette County KY 1820 Census Index

Pages 55-64

Pages 65-74

Pages 75-84

Pages 85-94

Pages 95-104

Pages 105-113

About the 1820 Census
The 1820 census was begun on the first Monday of August 1820. The count was due within six months, but the due date was extended by law to September 1, 1821.

Enumerator Questions Asked in the 1820 Census
Name of family head; number of free white males and females in age categories: 0 to 10, 10 to 16, 16 to 26, 26 to 45, 45 and older; number of other free persons except Indians not taxed; number of slaves; and town or district and county of residence; number of foreigners not naturalized; and number of persons (including slaves) engaged in agriculture, commerce and manufacture.

Research Tips for the 1820 Census
The 1820 census records are useful in identifying the locality to be searched for other types of records for a named individual. The 1820 census will, in most cases, help distinguish the target family from others of the same name; help to determine family size; locate possible relatives with the same name; identify immediate neighbors who may be related; identify slaveholders; and spot spelling variations of surnames. Free men “of color” are named as heads of household. Slaves appear in age groupings by name of owner. By combining those age groupings with probate inventories and tax list data, it is sometimes possible to determine names of other family members and the birth order of those individuals.

From “Research in Census Records,” by Loretto D. Szucs in The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, edited by Loretto D. Szucs and Sandra H. Luebking.

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