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Census Questions Free Persons 1790-1860

" Remember pior to 1850 it was his story,
(history). We as a people, even FPOC,
were were not listed by name. It was in
1850 when we got that honor.
Greg "

A point of reference fyi

CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRES AND INSTRUCTIONS:
1790 TO 2000

1790 QUESTIONNAIRE
The early census acts prescribed the inquiries in each decennial census, but the U.S. Government did not furnish uniform printed schedules until 1830. In 1790, the marshals submitted their returns in whatever form they found convenient (and sometimes with added information).
Measuring America U.S. Census Bureau
In 1790, marshals took the census in the original 13 states; plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine, and Vermont; and the Southwest Territory (Tennessee).
Each household provided the name of the head of the family and the number of persons in each household of the following descriptions:
Free White males of 16 years and upward (to assess the countries industrial and military potential),
free White males under 16 years,
free White females,
all other free persons (by sex and color)
and slaves.


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