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The United States Census of 1860 is the first federal census since the creation of Washington Territory in 1853. Enumerators were given five months, starting on June 1, 1860, to travel around the expansive territory and collect census information. The completed sheets were then sent to the United States Census Bureau. However, in several instances, County Auditors made a copy of their county’s census sheets for local use; some of those still exist and are held by the Washington State Archives.
For information about this census, e-mail the Washington State Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Database: 1860 Federal Census. ONLINE. 2003 and updated 2007. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed by Joyce Ogden, Olympia, Washington; Clark County Genealogical Society, Vancouver, Washington. Proofread by Diane Nebel, Rosalia, Washington, Pat Lloyd, Kettle Falls, Washington, and Jan Crews, Ellensburg, Washington. Final Proofreading by Shirley Lewis and Judy Pitchford, Washington State Library.
Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: 8th census, 1860, Washington Territory [microform]. Washington, D.C.: Micro-Film Lab., Bureau of Census, [195-?] 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. http://cals.evergreen.edu/search/