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Nineteenth Century Family History in Michigan: 1850-1880 (ICPSR 32)

Principal Investigator(s): Warner, Sam Bass Jr.


This data collection provides information on the characteristics of 1,194 Michigan families in rural places, towns and villages, and the urban areas of Detroit in 1850 and 1880. Data are provided on the geographic location of each household and type of locale, total number of residents in the household, and total number of children of the head of each household. Demographic variables provide information on age, race, place of birth, and occupation of the household head and their spouse, place of birth of father and mother of the household head and of their spouse, sex of the household head and their children, and age of the children. Additional variables provide information on the number of children listed as unemployed, the number of parents or parents-in-law of the household head residing in the household, the number of other related adults aged 14 and older, other related children aged 14 and younger living in the household, the number of servants or employees in the household, and the number of boarders or roomers in the household.

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Study Description


Warner, Sam Bass, Jr. NINETEENTH CENTURY FAMILY HISTORY IN MICHIGAN: 1850-1880. ICPSR00032-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. [producer and distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00032.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00032.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, extended families, families, family size, household composition, households, living arrangements, nineteenth century, occupations, place of birth, rural areas, townships, urban areas

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Michigan, United States

Universe:    Population of the United States in 1850 and 1880.

Data Type(s):    census data

Data Collection Notes:

The data map is provided as an ASCII text file, and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    A total of 1,194 households in Michigan in 1850 and 1880.

Data Source:

manuscript censuses of 1850 and 1880

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10



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