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[SC] The Agricultural Census at Ancestry.com

Hi Everyone,

I noticed a few days ago that ancestry.com has posted some non-population censuses. I clicked and found that one of them was the agricultural census. I chose 1880 since I know where basically everyone was at that time. South Carolina is the only state published.

Well-- the first few times I tried to get on I couldn't. So I waited until later at night and I could only get through the first 9 pages out of 714 for the counties I was researching :\ .

So, yes, I stayed up until 1:30 am and off I went on my computer journey. The census is not indexed so you have to go page by page in the county you are researching. I searched every ten pages at a time until I near the end-figuring that the black people lived outside of town. That worked in Spartanburg county but not in Pickens.

In Pickens, I just used the scan every page method until I found the family I was searching for. Next I hopped to the 1880 regular census to see how far everyone else was from that person I had found in the agricultural census. Then "guestimating" I found everyone else.

A word of caution, even at 200% enhanced, I could not read most of the 100 sections of the agricultural census. I tried searching the internet for a blank copy of the actual census
but had no luck. What I found was a list of the questions on http//www.argweb.net/scott/ag1880q.htm. I just wrote the numbers from 1-100 and wrote the census entries next to each number. For now atleast I can read the questions and know how that applies to each ancestor.

So I started at 1:30 and I was finished by 2:30. I had more problems with my printer than the census but I was able to find four relatives in two counties!

Hope this helps someone else!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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