Recently, I created a blank form that could be used for the 1885 Census. This special census was taken by only a handful of states and territories including the Territory of New Mexico. Since the 1890 census was mostly destroyed, this census is helpful in finding information about our ancestors between the periods of 1880 and 1900.
Click on this link to print up a free copy of the blank form for the 1885 Census.
I decided to test out this form by transcribing the record for my 2nd Great-Grandfather Philip Bourguignon. Philip was a Union Civil War soldier from Germany. As you can tell, he had a very large family: there are 9 children listed in the census. I had to create an 11th line to include all of the family!
The town is listed as "Limitar". This was a common spelling at the time. Presently, the town is spelled "Lemitar". Lemitar is located about 7 miles north of Socorro on I-25.
Although it was not mentioned in the census, Philip's wife's maiden name was Tomasa Gonzales.
One thing that I discovered in this census was that Philip was a teacher! That's one more educator in my family. I wonder what he taught?
1885, Socorro County, Territory of New Mexico, population schedule, Precinct No.
2: Limitar, p. 88, dwelling # 56,
family #65, Philip Bourguignon; digital images, Ancestry Library Edition
(www.ancestrylibrary.com : Accessed 29 September 2012).