We all know that the United States
conducts a census every 10 years. Some of us also know that most of the 1890
census was destroyed in a fire. But did you know that there was a special 1885
semidecennial census that was taken here in New Mexico?
given the option to take this census. Any state that complied received from the
federal government 50% of the cost to conduct the census. The states of Florida,
Nebraska and Colorado and the territories of New Mexico and Dakota took up this
opportunity to enumerate their people.
Genealogists can find the New
Mexico 1885 Census in a couple of places. You may search for the census on
Ancestry.com. Also, the microfilm of the census can be found in the Albuquerque Genealogy Library (2nd Floor of the Main Library), or in any Family History Center. The microfilm numbers are FHL 16610 and
Since we were unable to find a form that you may use to extract
the census, The New Mexico Genealogical Society has created its own. Click this link to
access a blank 1885 United States Census Population Schedule Form. An
agriculture schedule form is forthcoming.
For more information:
Rebecca Crawford, "The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885",
Prologue Magazine (Fall 2008) Vol. 40, No. 3,
National Archives website
accessed 24 September 2012.
Karen Stein Daniel, Genealogical
Resources in New Mexico, 3rd Edition (Albuquerque: New Mexico
Genealogical Society, 2007), p. 57.
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Do you have news, announcements, or website links about which we should know? If you have something of interest to the New Mexico genealogical community, let us know. Send me an e-mail with all the details. - Robert Baca
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