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Alabama, 
United States
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Location of Alabama
Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1855
FamilySearch Resources
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Department of Archives and History, Montgomery


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is an index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855. The State of Alabama conducted state censuses in the following years: 1818 (partial), 1820 (partial), 1821 (partial), 1823, 1850, 1855, 1866, and 1907. The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified. The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress. The counties included in this collection are:

  • Autauga
  • Baldwin
  • Blount
  • Coffee
  • Franklin

  • Henry
  • Lowndes
  • Macon
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery

  • Pickens
  • Perry
  • Sumter
  • Tallapoosa
  • Tuscaloosa

  • Wilcox

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Census

  • Names of individuals or heads of families
  • Number of white males under 21 in the family
  • Number of white males over 21 in the family
  • Number of white females under 21 in the family
  • Number of white females over 21 in the family
  • Total whites in the family
  • Insane within each county
  • Insane sent abroad
  • Slaves
  • Free persons of color
  • Total inhabitants

Index

  • Names of individuals or heads of families
  • Residence
  • Film number
  • Digital folder number
  • Page number
  • Image number

 

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Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information to find additional family members in federal census records
  • Use the ages listed to determine an approximate birth date and to find other records such as birth, marriage, christening, and death records
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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