June 1, 1860, the official start date, the census enumerator G. W. Brackenridge (sp?) started recording the 8th U.S. Federal Census in Washington Township. See What day was the census taken each decade? at the United States Census Bureau.
Look at the Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directories issued yearly since 1858.
See the 1860 Overview at United States Census Bureau.
The decennial census has always required a large workforce to visit and collect data from households. Between 1790 to 1870, the duty of collecting census data fell upon the U.S. Marshals. A March 3, 1879 act replaced the U.S. Marshals with specially hired and trained census-takers to conduct the 1880 and subsequent censuses.
During the early censuses, U.S. Marshalls received little training or instruction on how to collect census data. In fact, it was not until 1830 that marshals even received printed shedules on which to record households' responses. The marshals often received limited instruction from the census acts passed prior to each census.
Beginning with the 1880 census, specially hired and trained census-takers replaced the U.S. marshals. Door-to-door census by temporary census-takers was the primary method of conducting the census until the U.S. Census Bureau began mailing questionnaires to households in 1960.
As more and more households received and returned their questionnaires by mail, the role of census-taker changed. Today, the majority of households are counted by mailed questionnaires. Census-takers visit places frequented by transient households (shelters and soup kitchens, campsites, etc.) and households that do not return their mailed questionnaires (during the "Nonresponse Follow-Up" phase of the census). As a result, the "Instructions to Enumerators" provided here include the congressional acts U.S. marshalls reviewed during the early census, specially-published instructions for door-to-door census, and lastly, guides used for the limited number of personal interviews conducted during nonresponse follow-up operations.
Copied from the Census Intructions at the United States Census Bureau that has the 1860 Instructions.
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Links to Online Census Records
- ACGSI.org Agricultural Schedule
- ACGSI.org Manufacturing Schedule
- ACGSI.org Mortality Schedule
- ACGSI.org Population Schedule, African American
- ACGSI.org 1864 Monroeville Local Census
- ACGSI.org 1866 New Haven Local Census
- Ancestry.com blank 1860 census form
- FamilySearch Wiki 1860 Census Information
- FamilySearch Browse 1860 Census by Township
- FamilySearch Search 1860 U. S. Census Index
- FamilySearch Wiki for Indiana Census 1807 - 1940 links organized by year to various online census records.
- FindMyPast.com Free US Census 1860
- Use Steve Morse Census Search Tool for any census
- Internet Archive - Population schedules of the eighth census of the United States, 1860, Indiana [microform] (Volume Reel 0243 - 1860 Indiana Federal Population Census Schedules - Allen County) - United States. Bureau of the Census -- reel 243. Allen County
- No USGenWeb 1860 Census transcription or indexing