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Peru, Municipal Census, 1831-1866
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Record Description
Record Type: Municipal Census
Collection years: 1831-1866
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Perú, censo municipal
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Biblioteca Municipal de Lima (Lima Municipal Library), Peru

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes the census records for the city of Lima from the corresponding censuses of 1831, 1860, and 1866. These records are kept at the Biblioteca Municipal de Lima.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The Census records may include the the following information:

1831 Census

  • Address of house
  • Name
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Marital status (whether single, married, widowed, or divorced)
  • Occupation

1860 Census

  • Address of house
  • Name
  • Citizenship/nationality
  • Gender and age
  • Religion
  • Marital status (whether single, married, widowed, or divorced)
  • Occupation
  • Whether can read and/or write

1866 Census

  • Address of house
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Length of residence in Peru and said city
  • Religion
  • Marital status (whether single, married, widowed, or divorced)
  • Occupation of what type of goods (industry)
  • Whether can read and/or write

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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of 14 December 2016 this collection included records from the following localities:

  • Chancay
  • Checras (doctrina)
  • Huarmey
  • Ica
  • Lima
  • Nepeña

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