Two parts stuck out to me. The first was the 1905 census, which I did not know about. Perhaps because it was only in 11 states. And the second was the phrase “down to date” in the first paragraph. I get what it means from the contaxt, but I had not heard that phrase before.
Thanks for pointing out the mention of a 1905 census, Bruce. Some states — not many — took their own censuses on “off” years, separate from the federal census. New York, for instance, took censuses in 1815, 1825 … 1885, and 1892, which have been invaluable to me for analyzing some of my families in a time and place which didn’t keep civil records. State censuses often recorded interesting things that the federal censuses didn’t ask, because counting population was only part of their purpose — they wanted to measure local economic conditions. The early New York censuses ask for a tally of unmarried women, not just women in toto (the availability of marriageable women could affect the number of men willing to move into frontier areas, and was a predictor of population growth), and the 1865 census asks terrific questions about Civil War losses.
The Family History Library has collected many of those censuses and can help you determine whether there are any for a state that you’re interested in.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 21, 2010 @ 7:38 am
It took me a little bit to understand the pricing with this. The Juvenile Instructor must have gotten a great deal on the books to be able to discount them along with their subscription.
I would love to have a subscription for one year. I pay almost 15 times that per month for my local newspaper. Even if I only got one newspaper a week, I would still be paying about $7.50 a month.