World Archives Project: 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia

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About this project This collection contains a typed index of the 1864 state-wide census. This census was mandated by the Georgia governor and state legislature for the purpose of enabling a re-organization of the state militia to better protect women, children, and invalids at home during the years of the Civil War. All free white males living in Georgia who were between the ages of 16 and 60, except those already active in military service, were required to enroll in the Georgia militia via this census. Details recorded for each man included name, age, occupation, nativity, Company District number, and grounds for any exemption from service in the militia.

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This collection contains a typed index of the 1864 state-wide census. It contains the names of free white males living in Georgia who were between the ages of 16 and 60. Details recorded for each man included name, age, occupation, nativity, Company District number, and grounds for any exemption from service in the militia.

Key all names indexed for each district. Do NOT key the names of Enrolling Officers or Aides de camp.


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Census List

Census List

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Choose the "Census List" form type when the image contains a list of names. It will also typically include their age, occuppation, and birth location.

County

Key the county where the person resided, using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county is not found in the dictionary then key the county as seen. Do not key the word "County".

The county will typically be found in parentheses in the top right corner of the page. When the county changes, the new county will be found in a header title. If this occurs in the middle of a page, create a new header.


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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Surname

Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Alias Given

Key the alternate or alias given name as it appears. This name will typically be shown in parentheses, such as "RAY, G. W. (or C. W.)". All the rules for keying given names should also be followed for keying any alias given name.
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Alias Surname

Key any Alias Surname which appears. This alternate surname will typically be shown in parentheses, such as "BOWNE (Bowen)". Key the altername or alias surname as it appears. All the rules for keying a primary surname should also be followed for keying any alias surname.
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Age

Key the age of each individual in the census. If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 30 years, 7 months then key the Age as 30. If shown as unknown, leave as blank. Do not key "unknown".
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Birth Location

Key all birth locations that appear after the abbreviation "b." using the dictionary for assistance. All abbreviations for states should be expanded into their full form. See a complete list of states from 1864 on the Discussion page.

When more than one locality appears, key all localities separating each by a comma. Do not key the word "County" or any of its abbreviations, such as "Co." Do not key any locations that appear within parentheses. For example, if the birth location appears as "Cass (Bartow) County, GA" it should be keyed as "Cass, Georgia".

If shown as unknown, leave as blank. Do not key "unknown".

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