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Argentina
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Record Description
Record Type: National Census
Collection years: 1895
Languages: Spanish
Title in the Language: Segundo Censo Nacional de la República Argentina, 1895
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records for 1895. This was the second national census of the Argentine Republic. It was carried out in one day on Sunday, May 10, 1895 by the Census Commission, under the supervision of the Ministerio del Interior and the administration of President José E. Uriburu.

The census is divided into sections. Each section is a volume. A volume contains legal-sized paper in landscape format. For the purposes of the census, the country was divided into large provinces or territories, which were further divided into departments or partitions (partidos), and finally into districts (distritos). In the city of Buenos Aires, the partitions were divided into neighborhoods (barrios), and each neighborhood into a police section. These police sections include the number of the census subdivision and its corresponding block numbers and street names.

The census was done to obtain demographic and statistical data related to the country's development. Valuable data was gathered that gave insight into population growth, economic growth, immigration and internal migrations, occupations, health, literacy levels, property, and more.

The census is a good source of genealogical information that may not be obtainable elsewhere, particularly if civil or parish records are not available. The census is the third best source for genealogical information in Argentina, with civil and church records being the number one and two source. The census was taken by regular citizens assigned to areas. The person being questioned did not have to show legal evidence of the information given, so the information may contain some errors.

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Reading These Records

These records are written in Spanish. For help reading them see:

If you speak Spanish, the following free online lesson may be helpful to learn how to use the information in these records:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Argentina, National Census, 1895.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Surname and name
  • Residence
  • Age at the time of the census (infants are shown in number of months old)
  • Gender: males "V" for varón (male); females "M" for mujer (woman)
  • Estimated year of birth
  • Province of birth
  • Nation of birth
  • Gender
  • Marital status

Collection Content

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Coverage Table

As of 13 March 2018, this collection includes records from the following provinces or territories:

  • Buenos Aires
  • Capital Federal
  • Catamarca
  • Chaco
  • Chubut
  • Córdoba
  • Corrientes

  • Entre Ríos
  • Formosa
  • Jujuy
  • La Rioja
  • Mendoza
  • Misiones
  • Neuquén

  • Pampa Central
  • Río Negro
  • Salta
  • San Juan
  • San Luis
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe

  • Santiago del Estero
  • Tierra del Fuego
  • Tucumán

Population Totals by Group

Group Totals
Population censused 3,954,911
Indians (calculated) 30,000
Not censused (calculated) 60,000
Argentines in the exterior (calculated) 50,000
Total 4,094,911

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year

Search the Index

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View The Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province or Territory
  2. Select Department
  3. Select District or Subdivisioin to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Check the image the index was taken from to see if there is additional information
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate Argentina Church Records and Argentina Land and Property records
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • A boundary change could have occurred, and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring area. Search the records and indexes of neighboring cities, provinces, and regions
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names or Spanish name abbreviations

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Argentina.

Related Digital Books

Published Census

Census Study

Maps

Citing This Collection

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