Florida State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Florida State Census, 1885
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|Record Type||State Census|
|Record Group||RG 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census|
|Microfilm Publication||M845. Schedules of the Special Census of 1885. 13 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Alphabetically by County|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The 1885 Florida State Census, collection consists of a name index for the population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of Florida and images for the population, mortality, manufactures and agriculture schedules. The 1885 census was taken at the request of the United States Federal Government and with their assistance. The records are handwritten on pre-printed pages with rows and columns.
The collection was taken from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm number M845, Schedules of the Special Census of 1885 (Schedule of the Florida State Census of 1885), which is part of Record Group 29 Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007. The microfilm pamphlet is available for download from the National Archives Microfilm Resources for Research: A Comprehensive Catalog.
General Information about the 1885 Census[edit | edit source]
In March of 1879, Congress passed an act authorizing the tenth and following censuses. In addition to the regular censuses taken every ten years, this act also made authorized a census to be taken in the middle of the decade. On 1 June 1885, a special federal census of Floridawas taken following the guidelines outlined in the March 1879 census act. The 1885 census included four general schedules: population, agriculture, manufactures, and mortality. These schedules are organized alphabetically by county and then by the number assigned to each type of schedule. Within each type of schedule, the records are arranged by enumeration district. The 1885 population schedule resembles a typical census schedule and can provide valuable information that can be used to fill the gap caused by the loss of the 1890 federal census in the 1921 Department of Commerce fire.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Florida, State Census, 1885.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of head of household
- Name of each person in household
- Relationship to head of household
- Race, gender, and age of each member of household
- Marital status of each member
- Place of birth by state or territory in the U.S.
- Place of birth for mother and father by state or territory in the U.S.
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
The census was created by the state of Florida with partial funding from the Federal government. The census was compiled to obtain a count and description of the population of the state of Florida for representation purposes. Use the information with some caution. The information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or even by a neighbor. Some information may have been recorded incorrectly, or even deliberately falsified.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The age of your ancestor
- The birthplace of your ancestor
- The names of other family members and their relationships
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Schedule Type to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Florida, State Census, 1885. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the information found to search the federal census records
- Search for vital records, such as birth, death, and marriage
- Search cemetery records in the area for the family
- Search the county records where the family lived, such as land, and probate
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Select entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Florida.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying you sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.