Population schedules for North Carolina in 1890 that have survived are those for the townships of River Bend and South Point, each located in Gaston County, as well as the records for Cleveland County’s Township No. 2. North Carolina original census records or microfilmed copies can be found at the North Carolina State Archives.
There were no North Carolina colonial censuses taken. However, there are tax records from that time period, which contain quite a bit of useful census-like information. In 1775, the Continental Congress ordered that a census of North Carolina be taken. However, the only surviving records are those from Pitt County.
Census records generally list people according race, gender, and age. Some counties did not respond to the 1775 census requirement until as late as 1786. Some records seem to indicate that there was another census taken in 1787. Therefore, what is known as the 1784 to 1787 state census may actually be records from two separate censuses.
- 1790: all county enumerations have survived except Caswell County, Granville County, and Orange County
- 1800: Censuses for Craven County, Greene County, New Hanover County and Wake County are missing.
- 1820: Censuses for Currituck County, Franklin County, Martin County, Montgomery County, Randolph County, andWake County are missing.
- 1890: all counties destroyed except South Point and River Ben townships in Gaston County and Township No. 2 inCleveland County
Searchable North Carolina Census Databases and other Helpful Links
- Rootsweb North Carolina Census Look Ups (rootsweb.ancestry.com)
- North Carolina Census Project (usgenweb.org)
- North Carolina Census QuickFacts (census.gov)
- Links to Online North Carolina Census Records (census-online.com)
- North Carolina Census Extraction Forms (ancestry.com)
- U.S. Federal Census Guides
- United States Federal Census for North Carolina (search.ancestry.com)
- 1860 North Carolina Federal Census (fold3.com)
- 1900 North Carolina Federal Census (fold3.com)
- North Carolina Census, 1790-1890 (search.ancestry.com)
- North Carolina Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790. (search.ancestry.com)
- State census of North Carolina, 1784-1787 (search.ancestry.com)
- State Census of North Carolina, 1784-1787 (search.ancestry.com)
- Census records and Cherokee muster rolls (search.ancestry.com)
- 1860 Federal Slave Schedule (search.ancestry.com)
- Census 2000 Data for the State of North Carolina (census.gov)
- Overview of the U.S. Census (ancestry.co.uk)
- North Carolina Census Books (amazon.com)