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1840 Federal Census

© Copyright, 1992, 1998. Pat M. Mahan

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The 1840 Federal Census did not list family members; instead, heads of household were listed along with the number of free white males and females within each set of age increments (0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, and so on up to 100+).  Specifically, each category is inclusive of the first number and "under" the second; for example, the census would ask for individuals "of five and under 10"). Males were listed on the left side of the dash and females on the right.  

          For example:                

          BROWNLOW, Isaac                  00111101-000001

          Isaac was the head of household containing six family members (including himself):

          1 male aged 10-15, 1 male aged 15-20, 1 male aged 20-30, 1 male aged 30-40, and one male 50-60;

          also, 1 female aged 30-40.

Please keep in mind that anything you find in parenthesis ( ) in this document is on the microfilm. Items enclosed in brackets [ ] are additions made by me. Although I have tried to be as correct as possible, I strongly suggest that you check the microfilm.

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