Census records-Connecticut

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Does anyone know how census records were taken 1850-1880 in Hartford, CT- ?? Did they just use birth/death records- church records ??? Did they go door to door , register at local post office ??  Just how accurate were they for data ,spelling, birth's, dates ?
in Genealogy Help by James Corbett G2G Rookie (280 points)

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Those Census were taken door to door. As to accuracy, that depends entirely on the combination of the enumerator and the informant. Sometimes goid, sometimes pretty bad. This is the same everywhere.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (447k points)
Thanks- I wasn't sure if changes in record keeping were specific to an area-City vs farm etc.
Congress sets how each Census will be done via the Census Bureau. The Constitution calls for a direct census.
Meant to add that the various State census had different rules. Connecticut did a few but I haven't used them. I have used some from other states.

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