1930 is the last available searchable census at this time.
Facts you should know about the early census records - All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc… NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted” Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children” Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces +++
1840 - Name: Theophilus Kint [Theophelus Kent] Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Barbour, Alabama Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 3 Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3 Free White Persons - Under 20: 8 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 10 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10
1850 - Name: Theophilus Kent Age: 52 Birth Year: abt 1798 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1850: Coffee, Alabama Gender: Male
Theophilus Kent 52, NC Frances Kent 48, GA Thomas Kent 17, ALA Elizabeth Jane Kent 15, ALA James Kent 12, ALA Wiby Kent 11, ALA Nancy C Kent 9, ALA Henry Kent 7, ALA Daria H K Kent 5, ALA
1860 - Name: Theophilus Kent Age in 1860: 64 Birth Year: abt 1796 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1860: Ochesee, Calhoun, Florida Gender: Male Post Office: Ochesee
Theophilus Kent 64, NC - farming Elizabeth Kent 44, GA - [2nd wife] John T Kent 28, GA Sarah F Kent 6, FL Randolph Kent 3, FL Thomas Cook 15, FL John Cook 10, FL Mary Cook 8, FL
TRY - Find a grave – FREE SITE - volunteer site all states; frequently has headstone pic DO NOT SEARCH FOR A MARRIED WOMAN USING HER MAIDEN NAME.
Florida Vital Records - The law requiring the registration of births and deaths in Florida passed in 1917; however, it was many years after that before we had consistent registration.While we have some birth records dating back to 1865, they are sparse.
Kathleen Dunkley Stephens Bureau of Vital Statistics Kathy_Stephens@doh.state.fl.us (904) 359-6900, ext. 1150 Fax: (904) 359-6931 www.doh.state.fl.us