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The 1870 Federal Census was the second census for Washington Territory, which was created in 1853. In 1870, the population was 11,594. Enumerators collected the name; age; race; occupation; value of real estate; value of personal estate; birthplace; whether foreign born; month of birth if born within the year; month of marriage if married within the year; school attendance; literacy; whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, or idiotic; male citizens 21 and over, and number of such persons denied the right to vote for other than rebellion. The census includes the following counties: Chehalis (Grays Harbor), Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Snohomish, and Yakima.
For more information about this census, email the Historical Records Project at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Database: 1870 Federal Census. ONLINE. 2008. Washington Secretary of State.
The transcription of the Census from a microfilm copy of the original U.S. Census Population Schedules was started in 1949 by Nell and Wayne Prickett, with assistance from members of the Seattle Genealogical Society. The index was started by a University of Washington Library School student and completed by volunteers and staff of The Seattle Public Library, History Department-Genealogy Section in 2003. The final preparation of the online database was done in 2007-2008 by Laura Goings, Tacoma, WA, Sue Ericksen of Zillah, WA and Frank McLean of Yakima, WA.
Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov