Minnesota Territory 1849-1858
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Getting Counted

1850 Census

Census takers collected lots of information. Each entry represented one household. The census taker recorded the name, age, sex, color, occupation of men over 15 years old, the value of real estate (land) owned, and place of birth. The head of the household was listed first. His wife was usually listed second, followed by children and others living in the household.

Many women worked, but the census did not list their occupations. Census takers did record marriages and school attendance within the year and identified people over 20 years old who were illiterate, that is, unable to read.