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[SC] The Agricultural Census at Ancestry.com
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
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!
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