1840
1840

'Jacksonian Era'

This tool helps analyze what type of records may exist for a person born or living in the year 1840 and ideas on where to find them. Learn about other notable events that took place in 1840, which may have affected the people who lived during this time.

Martin Van Buren was President of the United States in 1840.

Military Records from the Period

A person born in 1840 may have participated in or been affected by the following wars:

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s), Civil War (1861-1865), Spanish American War (1898), Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902)

Social Security

President Rooselvelt passed the Social Security Act into law in 1935. Someone born in 1840 would have been about 95 if they were still living in 1935, and they may have applied for a social security number.

A person born in 1840 should appear on the following census, depending on when they died:

1840 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

A person born between January 1 and June 1, 1840, would have been less than a year old when the census was taken in 1840. If they were born after June 1, they were not counted on the 1840 census. Only the name of the head of each household was collected for the 1840 census, which was taken on June 1, 1840.

1850 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1850. A person born between January 1 and June 1, 1840, would have been 10 when the census was conducted on June 1, 1850. If they were born after June 1, they were 9 when the census was taken.

1860 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1860. A person born between January 1 and June 1, 1840, would have been 20 when the census was conducted on June 1, 1860. If they were born after June 1, they were 19 when the census was taken.

1870 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1870. A person born between January and August, 1840, would have been 30 when the census was conducted in early September of 1870. If they were born after August, they were 29 when the census was taken.

1880 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1880. A person born between January and May, 1840, would have been 40 when the census was conducted in early June of 1880. If they were born between June and December, they were probably 39 when the census was taken.

1890 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1890, but most of the records were destroyed by fire in 1921. (The Veterans Census survives). A person born between January and May, 1840, would have been 50 when the census was conducted in early June of 1890. If they were born between June and December, they were probably 49 when the census was taken.

1900 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1900. A person born between January and May, 1840, would have been 60 when the census was conducted in early June of 1900. If they were born between June and December, they were probably 59 when the census was taken.

1910 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1910. A person born between January and April 15, 1840, would have been 70 when the census was conducted on April 15, 1910. If they were born between mid-April and December, they were probably 69 when the census was taken.

1920 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

A person born in 1840 would have been 79 when the census was conducted on January 1, 1920. Each member of the household was named on the census in 1920.

1930 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1930. A person born between January and March, 1840, would have been 90 when the census was conducted around April 1, 1930. If they were born between April and December, they were probably 89 when the census was taken.

1940 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1940. A person born between January and March, 1840, would have been 100 when the census was conducted around April 1, 1940. If they were born between April and December, they were probably 99 when the census was taken.

1950 U.S. Federal Census - Click here

Each member of the household was named on the census in 1950. A person born between January and March, 1840, would have been 110 when the census was conducted around April 1, 1950. If they were born between April and December, they were probably 109 when the census was taken. *Census to be released in April 2022.

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