Map of coverage of the 1850 census.
For more information: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 - 1920 (GovPub Reference HA195 .T46 1987)
Census population schedules (or "name schedules" or "manuscript census") are copies of the original questionnaires collected during each decennial census. They list the individual names and family information of the people enumerated. Unlike the statistics published soon after the census, the population schedules remain confidential for 72 years. 1930 is the most recent population schedule available. Below are links to print and on-line versions of the population schedules. The library also has selected population schedules available on microfilm.
An excerpt from the 1850 census form from Springfield, Illinois featuring President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1861. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Census statistical reports feature population and demographic data by state, county, and town for the 1850 census. UW Government Publications holdings and online access options are listed below.
Census statistical reports feature population and demographic data by state, county, and town for the 1850 census. Online access options are listed below.