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Index of Questions


There were multiple questionnaires used for the 1860 census, including a separate slave questionnaire (which collected the same information as in 1850). Listed by column, the free inhabitant questionnaire collected the following information:

  1. Number of dwelling home in order of visitation by the enumerator
  2. Number of family in order of visitation by the enumerator
  3. Name
  4. Age
  5. Sex
  6. Color

    Enumerators could mark "W" for Whites, "B" for Blacks, or "M" for Mulattos.
  7. Profession, Occupation, or Trade of each person, male and female, over 15 years of age
  8. Value of person's real estate
  9. Value of person's personal estate
  10. Place of birth

    Enumerator could list the state, territory, or country of the person's birth
  11. Was the person was married within the last year?
  12. Did the person attend school within the last year?
  13. If the person was over 20 years of age, could he not read or write?
  14. Was the person deaf and dumb, blind, idiotic, pauper, or convict?

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: December 08, 2021