Search The 1830 U.S. Census & Trace Your Ancestors
Find your ancestors in the fifth U.S. Census. From 1820-1830 technological and cultural changes transformed American lives from Mormonism to the growing divide over slavery. Learn where your ancestors lived and worked in the 1830 Census and how the events of this decade impacted their lives.
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1830 Census Overview
The 1830 Census saw some essential changes. For the first time, the census was conducted in June as compared to August in previous years. Most notably, the 1830 Census used printed schedules for the first time which allowed federal census clerks to tabulate and organize the information in a more efficient manner. Printed forms also make it easier for you to search as earlier census data required additional work by the researcher.
Regarding 1830 Census questions, the age range was extended to infancy and ages were recorded in intervals of 10 years. After failings of the 1810 and 1820 censuses to capture manufacturing data, these questions were removed.
1830 Census Facts
- Population: 12,860,702 - a 33.5% increase from the 1820 Census
- Census Date: June 1, 1830
- Census Date Released: 1902
- Number of States Participating: 24 - New States: Missouri
- US Territories Participated: Arkansas, Michigan, and Florida
- Data Lost: Some records were lost for Massachusetts, Maryland, and Mississippi
1830 Census Questions Asked
- Name of head of the household
- The number of free White males and females within specific age ranges
- The number of slaves and free colored persons within specific age ranges
- The number of who were dumb, blind, or deaf of each age
- The number of White persons who were from a foreign country not naturalized
Notable Events Between 1820-1830:
- 1820 - The Missouri Compromise allowed slavery in the Missouri territory
- 1821 - The U.S. acquired the Florida Territory from Spain
- 1823 - Arikara Indian War began
- 1824 - The first strike by female workers - in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
- 1825 - The Erie Canal opened transforming New York City into the most important Atlantic ports in the U.S.
- 1826 - Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died
- 1827 - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated - the first U.S. railroad to transport commercial goods and people
- 1830 - Joseph Smith organized The Mormon Church & published The Book of Mormon
Whether your ancestors were one of the early Mormon settlers, the first women to go on strike, or an average joe living in 1830, learn more about your family history. Find your ancestors in the 1830 census and narrow your search with newspaper archives to discover the people behind the names and events that defined their lives.