Search The 1860 U.S. Census For Your Ancestors
The 1860 Census documented a decade of great turmoil for the United States. If your ancestors lived, worked, or immigrated to America in 1860 or before, you can most likely find their information in the 1860 Census files.
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1860 Census Records Online
Censuses offer a window into the pasts of your ancestors. The practice of taking a census on a nationwide basis dates back to 1790. With some exceptions, this information has been well-preserved.
GenealogyBank provides 1860 census records online in digital form, enabling you to unveil your family’s history.
Jump into your family history and search the 1860 census with just a few clicks. If you’re ready to construct your family tree, the 1860 census database has the information you need.
1860 Census Records Online
Federal censuses have been taken since 1790. The most recent publicly available census is 1860. A long history of census records means that the family researcher has a wealth of information to work from.
For acquiring basic information about your family and where they lived, the 1860 Federal census is an excellent place to start.
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- Names – Look up the names of your ancestors and who they were married to. This can help to trace your ancestors as they move across the country, as well as uncovering ancestors you never knew about.
- Birthplaces – Is your family on the move? United States census records 1860 provide information on birthplaces and may even offer insights into where a person’s parents were born.
- Relatives – The 1860 US census includes information on everyone who resided within a household. Relatives like grandparents, cousins, and even adopted children may appear on a census.
- Immigration – Find out more about your heritage with the1860 census searchable database. These documents shed light on your ancestors’ immigration and naturalization history.
- Neighborhood Makeup – The United States census 1860 can help to build up a picture of where your ancestors lived and the type of neighborhood it was.
To create a picture of your family tree and uncover a launchpad for further research, perform a GenealogyBank 1860 census search now.
How to Search the United States Census 1860
Begin your search for an ancestor within the annals of the 1860 US census. With the help of GenealogyBank, you can traverse centuries of US history within a matter of seconds. The first step is to choose an ancestor to search for. With GenealogyBank, all you need to do is enter your ancestor’s first and last names. You’ll instantly see census results for your specific census.
However, for a successful 1860 census search you need to narrow down your results. Follow these steps to get more accurate results.
Step One – Enter the full name of your ancestor, including any middle names or initials they might have.
Step Two – Include some keywords, such as the location your ancestor lived in. For earlier censuses, you can add the state in which they lived, but the more information you have, the better.
Step Three – Exclude certain keywords if you know specific pieces of information don’t apply to your ancestor.
Step Four – Change the search order of your census results. GenealogyBank allows you to filter your results. This is especially important if you have less information on your ancestor, or they had a common last name.
Tips for a Successful 1860 Census Search
There is an art to extracting the most information from 1860 census records online. Census records vary in their accuracy. As a result, when you search the 1860 Federal census, implement these tips for a successful search. Read More
Here are some advanced tips for a 1860 census search by name:
- Search individually for each ancestor. Census records may differ between people even in the same household. This could yield additional important information.
- Search for common misspellings or even common nicknames. Old censuses often lacked accuracy, particularly if your ancestors were illiterate.
- Look up entries for the neighbors of your ancestors. It can shed light on the migratory heritage of your family.
Finally, make sure you use any census records you find as a platform for further research.
The Value of Our 1860 Census Database
Our census database has been fully digitized with the original records direct from the United States Census Bureau.
You have access to millions of census records at your fingertips. There’s no easier way to build your family tree and construct the history of this great nation and the role your ancestors played in it.
GenealogyBank records cover more than 330 years of US history. In a world where official records were few and people slipped into the mists of time, censuses are the one constant. Since 1790, a census has been taken every ten years. With some notable exceptions, the vast majority of records have survived up until the present day. Go back to the beginning of the American Experiment. Using the US census records should be your initial starting point for family research. They contain valuable information that can help you complete your genealogy project.
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1860 Census Facts
- Census Population: 31,443,321 — a 35.6% increase from the 1850 Census
- Census Date: June 1, 1860
- Census Date Released: 1932
- Number of States Participating: 33
- Data Lost: None
1860 Census Questions Asked
- Number of family members
- Name, age, and sex
- Color (race)
- Profession, occupation, or trade
- Value of person’s real estate and personal estate
- Place of birth
- If the person had been married or attended school within the last year
- If the person was over 20 years of age and if he could not read or write
- If the person was deaf, dumb, blind, or idiotic
- Name of owner
- Number of slaves
- Age, sex, and race of slaves
- Number of uncaught escaped slaves
- Number of slaves freed
Notable Events Between 1850-1860:
- The Compromise of 1850 goes into effect, which amends the Fugitive Slave Act and abolishes the Slave Trade in Washington D.C.
- On February 28, 1854, the Republican party is founded in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- In 1851, the United States participates in the first World’s Fair in London, England. The exhibit hosts 50 nations and 39 colonies throughout its time of operation.
Were your ancestors alive during this pivotal time in American history? Use the 1860 U.S. Federal Census records to find where your ancestors lived and worked and then use our collection of newspaper archives to uncover detailed stories of their daily lives. The 1860 Census online records are packed with valuable information to help you learn more about your family history.