Source Information

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, State Census, 1855 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Massachusetts. 1855–1865 Massachusetts State Census [microform]. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

About Massachusetts, State Census, 1855

Beginning in 1855, the Massachusetts Legislature authorized a state census every ten years. Only two of those censuses survive: 1855 and 1865. This database contains the 1855 Massachusetts state census. Census day was 1 May, though enumerations took much longer than one day to complete. The forms may include the following details:

  • name
  • age
  • gender
  • race
  • occupation
  • birthplace

Names on the census are grouped by household, but no head of household or relationship to a head of household are indicated.