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1885 Federal Census of the
Dakota Territory

 1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory 1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory 1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory 1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory

The 1885 special census was authorized by Congress on March 3, 1879 (20 Stat. 480), and was begun on June 1, 1885.

The Dakota Territory was one of only five states and territories that elected to take the1885 Special Census with half the cost of the census reimbursed by the federal government. The schedules, returned to the Secretary of the Interior, show the same information as the 1880 schedules.

The 1885 special census contains this information:

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory  address

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  name of each person in the family

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  color

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  sex

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  age at last birthday, prior to June 1, 1885

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  month born, if born within the census year

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  relationship to head of family

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  whether single, married, widowed, or divorced

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  whether married during the census year

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  profession, occupation, or trade

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  months unemployed during the census year

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  whether sick or temporarily disabled, and the reason

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  whether blind, deaf-mute, idiotic, insane, maimed, crippled, bedridden, or disabled

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  whether attended school within the census year

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  whether unable to read or write

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  state, territory, or country of birth

1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory
  state, territory, or country of birth of father and mother

What counties are included in the
1885 Special Census of The Dakota Territory?


North Dakota  North Dakota North Dakota
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North Dakota  North Dakota  North Dakota

The 1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory is almost complete for that part of the territory that would eventually become North Dakota. Census records exist for 47 of the 56 North Dakota counties.

  Allred

  Barnes, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Buford, Burleigh

  Cass, Cavalier

  Dickey, Dunn

  Eddy, Emmons

  Foster

  Griggs

  Kidder

  LaMoure, Logan

  McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountraille

  Nelson

  Oliver

  Pembina

  Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette

  Stanton, Stark, Steele, Stutsman

  Towner, Traill

  Villard

  Wallace, Walsh, Ward, Wells, Williams, Wynn

South Dakota  South Dakota South Dakota
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South Dakota

The 1885 Special Census of the Dakota Territory is substantially incomplete for that part of the territory that would eventually become South Dakota. Researchers trying to find their South Dakota ancestors will experience the least likelihood of actually locating them in this census. Census records exist for only 20 of the 76 South Dakota counties.

Beadle, Butte
  Beadle, Butte

Charles Mix
  Charles Mix

Edmunds
  Edmunds

Fall River, Faulk
  Fall River, Faulk

Hand, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde
  Hand, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde

Lake, Lincoln
  Lake, Lincoln

Marshall, McPherson, Moody
  Marshall, McPherson, Moody

Roberts
  Roberts

Sanborn, Spink, Stanley
  Sanborn, Spink, Stanley

Turner
  Turner

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