[APG Public List] Re: [APG Members] Occupation in Census

Kathy Gunter Sullivan sully1 at carolina.rr.com
Tue Feb 9 13:48:56 MST 2010

A word of caution. Recently while tracking these kinds of details on a 
family through all the censuses, I realized that Ancestry.com's census 
forms are not always accurate about the column headings.


Aunt Lizzie's Trunk wrote:
> Jay,
> Each family has information on 2 pages on the 1840 census. On page 2 
> the the third main header, after "Slaves" and "Total" gives 7 columns 
> of occupations in which members of the household may be employed. It 
> is hard to read on images of the census. Download a blank form from 
> ancestry.com to read the exact wording of the headings.
> Nora Galvin
> Bridgeport, Conn.
> JFonkert at aol.com wrote:
>> I'm confused, and hoping someone can help.  Hinckley and others say 
>> that the 1820 and 1830 censuses collected information on the number 
>> of people within each household engaged in agriculture, commerce or 
>> manufacturing.  I know that the 1820 and 1830 censuses gathered 
>> aggregate statistics (of not particularly good quality), and the 1840 
>> census expanded the count to other industries, but I have never seen 
>> counts within families.  Am I missing something?
>> Jay Fonkert, CG
>> http://fourgenerationsgenealogy.blogspot.com/
>> Saint Paul, MN

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