1820 US POPULATION CENSUS
Transcribed by and property of Don Rubarts
The census transcription
files are in Excel. Microsoft provides a free
Excel Viewer 2003 that you will need to download if you do not
have Excel, Access or another compatible program on your computer.
Family Tree Magazine provides a number of
forms for genealogical use,
including one for recording 1820 census data.
Fayette County KY 1820 Census Index
The 1820 census was begun on the first Monday of August 1820. The count
was due within six months, but the due date was extended by law to
September 1, 1821.
Enumerator Questions Asked in
the 1820 Census
Name of family head; number of free white males and females in age
categories: 0 to 10, 10 to 16, 16 to 26, 26 to 45, 45 and older; number
of other free persons except Indians not taxed; number of slaves; and
town or district and county of residence; number of foreigners not
naturalized; and number of persons (including slaves) engaged in
agriculture, commerce and manufacture.
Research Tips for the 1820
The 1820 census records are useful in identifying the locality to be
searched for other types of records for a named individual. The 1820
census will, in most cases, help distinguish the target family from
others of the same name; help to determine family size; locate possible
relatives with the same name; identify immediate neighbors who may be
related; identify slaveholders; and spot spelling variations of
surnames. Free men “of color” are named as heads of household. Slaves
appear in age groupings by name of owner. By combining those age
groupings with probate inventories and tax list data, it is sometimes
possible to determine names of other family members and the birth order
of those individuals.
From “Research in Census
Records,” by Loretto D. Szucs in The Source: A Guidebook of American
Genealogy, edited by Loretto D. Szucs and Sandra H. Luebking.
to Fayette County Genealogy and History