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Spanish censuses are considerably better in detail than their English-language counterparts, normally identifying the head of household by name and surname with occupation and material status and age, and then providing for the household a list of all other members by name, frequently with ages and relationships to the head of household. Some censuses were taken to enumerate specific categories of individuals, such as all resident aliens.Census records were taken primarily for population studies, taxation, military purposes, or taxing in behalf of the parish poor.
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Spanish censuses are considerably better in detail than their English-language counterparts, normally identifying the head of household by name and surname with occupation and material status and age, and then providing for the household a list of all other members by name, frequently with ages and relationships to the head of household. Census records were taken primarily for population studies, taxation, military purposes, or taxing in behalf of the parish poor. Some censuses were taken to enumerate specific categories of individuals, such as all resident aliens however.
 
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== &nbsp;Colonial Periord  ==
 
== &nbsp;Colonial Periord  ==
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*1786-1787 census of Medellín, Antioquía is located in the Archivo Histórico de Antioquia, Colombia.  
 
*1786-1787 census of Medellín, Antioquía is located in the Archivo Histórico de Antioquia, Colombia.  
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Census records available from this period by microfilm include:&nbsp;  
 
Census records available from this period by microfilm include:&nbsp;  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F87438 Censo del 1777-1784 de Nueva Granada #1162416 and #1162417]
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F87438 Censo del 1777-1784 de Nueva Granada #1162416 and #1162417]  
    
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== National Records ==
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== National Records ==
 
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The first national census of Colombia occured in 1812, followed by ones taken in 1825, 1835, 1843, 1851, 1905, 1912, and 1920. &nbsp;All of the 19th century censuses are located in the [http://www.archivogeneral.gov.co/ Archivo General de la Nación],&nbsp;while the 20th century records are located in the [http://www.dane.gov.co/#twoj_fragment1-4 Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE).]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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The first national census of Colombia occured in 1812, followed by ones taken in 1825, 1835, 1843, 1851, 1905, 1912, and 1920. &nbsp;All of the 19th century censuses are located in the [http://www.archivogeneral.gov.co/ Archivo General de la Nación],&nbsp;while the 20th century records are located in the [http://www.dane.gov.co/#twoj_fragment1-4 Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE).]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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== Padrones ==
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== Padrones ==
    
Another source of information that are similar in information to census records are padrones. These are lists of parishioners compiled by the Catholic Church. These follow no particular pattern or any regularity, but more are available online on FamilySearch or through microfilm than the actual census records.  
 
Another source of information that are similar in information to census records are padrones. These are lists of parishioners compiled by the Catholic Church. These follow no particular pattern or any regularity, but more are available online on FamilySearch or through microfilm than the actual census records.  
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== Notes About Researching Censuses  ==
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Researching census records in Colombia is difficult unless you are able to visit the Archivo General de la Nación in Bogotá. &nbsp;Even there, many of the records lack any system of organization. The census information, even of long deceased individuals, is viewed as being private and requests for information are seen as suspicious. &nbsp;Also, in many cases, only the statistical information remains and the original census returns have been destroyed or forgotten. &nbsp; &nbsp;  
 
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Researching census records in Colombia is difficult unless you are able to visit the Archivo General de la Nación in Bogotá. &nbsp;Even there, many of the records lack any system of organization. The census information, even of long deceased individuals, is viewed as being private and requests for information are seen as suspicious. &nbsp;Also, in many cases, only the statistical information remains and the original census returns have been destroyed or forgotten. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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Platt, L. (1998). Census records for latin america and the hispanic united states. Baltimore:Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.
 
Platt, L. (1998). Census records for latin america and the hispanic united states. Baltimore:Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.
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