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1840 Federal Census

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Census Information Collected:

  • Name of head of household
  • Address
  • Number of Free white males and females in the following catagories:
    • Under 5
    • 5 and under 10
    • 10 and under 15
    • 15 and under 20
    • 20 and under 30
    • 30 and under 40
    • 40 and under 50
    • 50 and under 60
    • 60 and under 70
    • 70 and under 80
    • 80 and under 90
    • 90 and under 100
    • over 100
  • Number of Males and Females slaves in the following catagories:
    • under 10
    • 10 and under 24
    • 24 and under 36
    • 36 and under 55
    • 55 and under 100
    • over 100
  • Number of Free black Males and Females in the following catagories:
    • under 10
    • 10 and under 24
    • 24 and under 36
    • 36 and under 55
    • 55 and under 100
    • over 100
  • Number of deaf and dumb
  • Number of blind
  • Insane or Idiotic
  • Number employed in 7 classes of occupation
  • Attended school
  • White people over 20 unable to read or write
  • Number of pensioners for Revolutionary War or military service

US Population:  17.1 million free, 2.5 million slave

Available Microfilm:

  • National Archives and Records Adminstration catalog number - 1790. M704 Rolls 1-580.
  • To obtain the specific catalog number for the roll for the state and county you want, see the NARA Microfilm list.
  • For information about microfilm rental see NARA Microfilm Rental Information

Facts:

  • Census day: June 1, 1840.

States Enumerated: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida Territory, Georgia, Illinois, Indianna, Iowa Territory, Kentucky, Lousianna, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Misouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin (Michigan Territory).

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