Online State Census Indexes & Offline Finding Aids

for Colorado, Dakota Territory, Florida, Nebraska and New Mexico Territory

compiled by Joe Beine

State Census records can be helpful because they were often taken during years between the Federal Censuses (which are taken every ten years beginning with 1790). The items listed here include the "semidecennial censuses" taken by Colorado, Dakota Territory, Florida, Nebraska, and New Mexico Territory in 1885. There are many more state census records available. For more states and years not listed here see:

State Census Records Research Guide includes links to online indexes

For information on Federal Census Records see:
US Census Records Guide and Online Indexes 1790-1940

Colorado State Census Records
  • Colorado State Census 1885 (indexed) (at Ancestry/requires payment)
  • 1885 Colorado State Census on Microfilm - (not indexed) available from the LDS Family History Library - rolls can be ordered at Family History Centers for a small fee...
    • Arapahoe County (includes Denver) - FHL Roll #929067 - also online at: Arapahoe County, Colorado 1885 Census
    • Chaffee, Conejos, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Gilpin, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jefferson Counties - FHL Roll #929068
    • Lake, Las Animas, Mesa, Park, Rio Grande, Weld Counties - FHL Roll #929069
    • Another filming of Fremont County at the Canon City Public Library - FHL Roll #2109433 Item 1
Dakota Territory
  • The 1885 Dakota Territory Census (free) for most of the northern counties; also has information about the surviving records for some southern counties
  • For North and South Dakota see the "State Census Records Research Guide" link above
Florida State Census Records Nebraska State Census Records New Mexico Territory Census Records and Finding Aids
  • New Mexico Census of 1885 Microfilm Information...
    National Archives Microfilm Publication M846 (6 rolls)
    Schedules include: Inhabitants, Agriculture, Products of Industry & Mortality; all schedules are not available for every county. Some pages are missing.

    Roll #   Counties
    M846-1 Bernalillo County
    M846-2 Colfax, Dona Ana, Grant & Lincoln
    M846-3 Mora & Rio Arriba
    M846-4 San Miguel
    M846-5 Santa Fe, Sierra & Socorro
    M846-6 Taos & Valencia

    The following material is also available from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. These microfilm rolls can be ordered from many local Family History Centers for viewing and photocopying for a fee...

    FHL Microfilm Roll #16110 Bernalillo, Colfax, Dona Ana, Santa Fe (mortality schedules only), Sierra, Socorro, Mora & Rio Arriba (mortality schedules only)
    FHL Microfilm Roll #16111 Taos, Valencia, Grant & Lincoln
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