1850 Federal Census District One (Part One)
© Copyright 2000, Pat M. Mahan
District 1 of the Lauderdale County, AL census is the western portion of the county. The enumerator was not consistent with his abbreviations, especially where Ditto and the shorter version, Do, are concerned. No spellings were changed, so if you don't find who you are looking for with a search, try ALL possible spelling variations. One example: TIESCER for TYCER.
Columns in the 1850 Census, [and the abbreviations used in this transcription], are:
1 - [Dw] - Dwelling houses numbered in order of visitation [These should always be in numerical order.]
2 - [Fam] - Families numbered in order of visitation [These should be in order, but will not always 'match' the dwelling number because there may be more than one family in a dwelling.]
3 - [Name] - Name of every person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June, 1850, was in this family.
Columns 4, 5, and 6 are listed on the census form under 'Description'
4 - [Age] - Age
5 - [Sex] - Sex
6 - [Col] - Color - White, black or mulatto [If there is nothing in this column the family is white.]
7 - [Occupation] - Profession Occupation or trade of each male person over 15 years of age
8 - [R E] - Value of Real Estate owned
9 - [Born] - Place of birth, Naming the State, Territory or Country [Two letter abbreviation has been used, i.e. AL.]
The following columns of 10, 11, 12, and 13 are given here as [Other]
10 - Married within the year
11 - Attended school within the year
12 - Persons over 20 years of age who cannot read and write
13 - Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict. [In some cases, this is footnoted because it would not 'fit' the space allotted in the column headed "Other"]
A "?" indicates a repeated dwelling number.