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1790 Instructions

U.S. marshals conducted the 1790 census following instructions found in "An Act providing for the enumeration of the Inhabitants of the United States," from March 1, 1790.

1790 Instructions [PDF 361KB]

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: September 24, 2015