1880 Census Transcription Project

Transcription of this census began in January of 2007 and ended in August of that same year. This was the last of the 1800 State and Federal censuses to be transcribed and was completed from a partial LDS transcription with the West Florida Genealogical Society (WFGS_ adding data the LDS didn’t include in their effort.

You will notice that, as with other transcriptions, there are no page numbers in this book. Instead, the whole-name index lists every person in the census by a unique line number. In the census the line numbers start with 1 at the top of the first page and run sequentially to the bottom of the last page. To find a person in this census, locate them in the index and note their line number. Then flip through the census until you get to that line number on a census page. The line numbers run down the left hand column on both the census and the index. This saves having to search the whole page for the name in question.

It might be worth noting that the index numbers on the census pages are not all consecutive though they are all in ascending order. Therefore you can’t tell how many people were in this census from the last index number. The missing numbers resulted from changes and adjustments made to the merged copies to allow the printers to fit an entire census page onto one sheet. To do this, blank rows left in place by the LDS transcribers were removed prior to publication. In case you are interested, there are 12,151 people listed in this census.

Since this census was initially transcribed by the LDS, the volunteers of the WFGS served only as proofreaders of the names while adding those data not included by the LDS in their transcription effort. Some of the names are listed incorrectly but this is because this was a transcription effort where we entered only what was in the census – correct or not. For instance the name McVoy was written as McVay. We knew this was incorrect but followed the enumerator’s version instead of making assumptions about there not having been a McVay that matched the McVoy family. If you use the all-name index, however, to find your people, you should not have any difficulty recognizing your ancestors, even though the spelling may be off somewhat. Just take care to look for all possible spellings because sometimes names beginning with a “C,” for instance, were listed as beginning with an “S” instead. One instance I noted while merging and formatting the data for publication was Celestine listed as Selistine.

The vast majority of the data is accurate but, as on every census transcription, I know there are undetected errors and I want the reader to be aware that the transcriptions aren’t perfect. As always, on behalf of the Census Transcription Team, I hope you find what you are looking for in this transcription, especially if you are working on a brick wall lineage.

—Jerry Merritt, Program Manager, WFGS Census Transcription Program

Stamped Page Number Copier Transcriber 1 to 5 Pat Kerr James Mashburn 6 to 10 Pat Kerr James Mashburn 11 to 15 Pat Kerr Pete Young 16 to 20 Pete Young Pete Young 21 to 25 Lil King Maurice Johnson 26 to 30 Opal Anderson Maurice Johnson 31 to 35 Pat Kerr Sherry Glorioso 36 to 40 Pat Kerr Sherry Glorioso 41 to 45 Pat Kerr Priscilla Nobles 46 to 50 Lil King Jan Myers 51 to 55 Opal Anderson Sharon Mosley 56 to 60 Gayle Sweet Jan Myers 61 to 65 Gayle Sweet Gene Presley 66 to 70 Pat Kerr Dave Reinhart 71 to 75 Lil King Gene Presley 76 to 80 Opal Anderson Gene Presley 81 to 85 Gayle Sweet James Mashburn 86 to 90 Lil King Jerry Merritt 91 to 95 Opal Anderson David Reinhart 96 to 100 Lil King Rebecca Black 101 to 105 Opal Anderson Rebecca Black 106 to 110 Pat Kerr James Mashburn 111 to 115 Lil King Sharon Mosley 116 to 120 Opal Anderson Jan Myers 121 to 125 Pete Young Bruce Rova 126 to 129 Pat Kerr Sharon Mosley Production Tracker/Scheduler: Jennie Merritt Final Proofreaders: Sharon Mosley and Jan Myers Publisher: Bruce Rova