Historical Considerations of the 1830 Census
Family Names – When you are searching for an individual in the 1830 census, you should be aware that it was possible for several families to have the same name at the time. Also, names were not always spelled correctly. The census information can help you to identify common misspellings and separate one family’s information from another family’s information.
Slaves and Free African Americans – “Free men of color” were listed as heads of households, and their other family members may be traceable using tax records and other records from the time. If you are looking for information about a slave, that slave will be listed under the slaveholder’s name on the census records.