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History: 1850 Census

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FAQ

Is This the Earliest Census for Victoria County?

Yes. The 1850 census is the earliest federal census taken for any county in Texas, since Texas was still a republic when the 1840 federal census was taken. However, there is an 1840 census for the Republic of Texas.

Is This the Complete Census?

Yes and No. It lists the name, age, sex, occupation, value of real estate, and place of birth for each person in the county in 1850. (Assuming that the censustaker was thorough.) Some fields were omitted in this online version, such as color, whether attended school within the year, if over 20 and illiterate, and if the individual was "deaf, dumb, blind, idiotic, pauper, or convict".

"Color" was not included because the censustaker chose to only complete this information for individuals born in Mexico, who received a "Y". We did not wish to use the time and space to display extensive empty table cells when it was easier on everyone's resources to explain this information in the FAQ.

The column indicating whether a couple was married within the year has been abstracted separately as The 1850 Newlywed List.

As far as we could tell, no individual in this census for Victoria County was shown as being "deaf, dumb, blind, idiotic, pauper, or convict".

The other 2 items were omitted because they were usually represented by small tick marks in narrow columns on the side of page, and the microfilm is quite dark and illegible there. In time we may endeavor to include the information on school attendance and literacy on separate pages.

Where Did This Online Census Come From?

This is a completely new index and extraction which was completed by Virtual Victoria volunteers. The actual microfilm roll is available to the public at the Victoria Public Library, along with other censuses for Victoria County. Copies are made for 10 cents per page at the self-service reader-printer.

How Accurate Is This Information?

All census information should be taken with a dose of caution. Most researchers find that census records are essentially reliable, although everyone has come across more than a few glaring and sometimes outrageous mistakes. Most "errors" are as innocent as a spelling variation, or an age being a year off. Some errors are typographical on our part, or a misunderstanding of the letters when transcribing. Even we could not always agree on what the chickenscratch said! For the most part, the census is a solid and dependable method of researching your family history in Victoria or any other county.

What about things like girls named Charles?

It's possible, if not probable, that we goofed here and there when transcribing, but the actual census does show some nontraditional names, occupations, etc. The most common potential error we made was in confusing those people born in Tennessee and those born in Texas. The censustaker sometimes made "Ten" look almost exactly like "Tex", and if we didn't know anything else about the individual, then it was hard to say. As always, if you are doing research then always check the original document as soon as you can.

What Do The Question Marks Mean?

A question mark means that we could not transcribe that entry.

What Do the Birthplace Abbreviations Mean?

All states are abbreviated as their modern two letter US postal code. Non-US countries are abbreviated as follows:
  • DEU Germany
  • ENG England
  • FRA France
  • IRE Ireland
  • MEX Mexico
  • NOR Norway
  • NOVA Nova Scotia
  • SCO Scotland
  • WAL Wales

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