For 1900, the Census Office dropped the "family questionnaire"
form style and reverted to filling entire sheets of information on residents.
The informations gathered by enumerators for the 1900 census, organized
by column, is:
General Population Schedule
1. Number of dwelling home in order of visitation by enumerator
2. Number of family in order of visitation by enumerator
4. Relation to head of the family
5. Color or Race
Enumerators were to mark "W" for White, "B" for
Black, "Ch" for Chinese, "Jp" for Japanese, or "In"
for American Indian.
7. Date of Birth
9. Was the person single, married, widowed, or divorced?
10. How many years has the person been married?
11. For mothers, how many children has the person had?
12. How many of those children are living?
13. What was the person's place of birth?
14. What was the person's father's place of birth?
15. What was the person's mother's place of birth?
16. What year did the person immigrate to the United States?
17. How many years has the person been in the United States?
18. Is the person naturalized?
19. Occupation, trade, or profession
20. How many months has the person not been employed in the past year?
21. How many months did the person attend school in the past year?
22. Can the person read?
23. Can the person write?
24. Can the person speak English?
25. Is the person's home owned or rented?
26. If it is owned, is the person's home owned free or mortgaged?
27. Does the person live in a farm or in a house?
28. If a person lived on a farm, the enumerator was to write that farm's
identification number on its corresponding agricultural questionnaire
in this column
Indian Population Schedule
Enumerators were instructed to use a special expanded questionnaire
for American Indians living on reservations or in family groups off
of reservations. The first 28 questions on the schedule are nearly identical
to those asked to the general population. The only difference is that
enumerators were instructed to mark "Ration Indian" in the
occupation column for those American Indians who were wholly dependent
on government aid for support. Enumerators were to mark "R"
next to the occupation of those who were partly dependent on government
aid. The following additional information, listed by column number,
was collected from persons listed on the Indian population schedule:
29. Indian Name
30. Tribe of this person
31. Tribe of this person's father
32. Tribe of this person's mother
33. Fraction of person's lineage that is white
34. Is this person living in polygamy?
35. Is this person taxed?
An American Indian was considered "taxed" if he or she was
detached from his or her tribe and was living in the White community
and subject to general taxation, or had been alloted land by the federal
government and thus acquired citizenship.
36. If this person has acquired American citizenship, what year?
37. Did this person acquire citizenship by receiving an allotment of
land from the federal government?
38. Is this person's house "movable" or "fixed?"
Enumerators were to mark "movable" if the
person lived in a tent, tepee, or other temporary structure; they were
to mark "fixed" if he or she lived in a permanent dwelling
of any kind.