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Ask a Genealogist: The 1754 Slave Census of Massachusetts.

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Can you tell me something about the 1754 Massachusetts Slave census, and where it is located?


The 1754 Census was a requirement from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sent to the Assessors of each community.  They were asked to return the whole number of male and female slaves over the age of 16.  For genealogists this does not give the name of the slaves or the slave owners.  But does indicate the earliest census of slaves in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This is not a complete evaluation however, as slaves under 16 are not counted.  The original returns for the Mass. 1754 Slave Census are at the Massachusetts State Archives, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, Mass.  They are also available there on microfilm.
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