Shelby County, Indiana

Census Schedules

1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1910 1920 1930

1850 Hendricks Twp 1850 Jackson Twp 1850 Union Twp 1850 Aggregate

None of the online census schedules are complete yet.
If you cannot find the names for which you are searching, please contact me.
The Shelbyville-Shelby County Library has a transcribed census index
for all years except 1890 and 1900.  For a further explanation, see "Look-ups".

Federal Census Abbreviations

The following are some commonly used abbreviations for United States Census documents:
A-Aunt GGM-Great Grandmother R-Roomer
AdD-Adopted Daughter GGGF-Great Great Grandfather S-Son
AdS-Adopted Son GGGM-Great Great Grandmother SB-Stepbrother
At-Attendant GM-Grandmother SBL-Stepbrother-in-law
B-Brother GNi-Grandniece Se-Servant
BL-Brother-in-law GS-Grandson SF-Stepfather
Bo-Boarder GU-Great uncle SFL-Stepfather-in-law
C-Cousin Hh-Hired hand Si-Sister
D-Daughter I-Inmate SiL-Sister-in-law
DL-Daughter-in-law L-Lodger SL-Son-in-law
F-Father M-Mother SM-Stepmother
FB-Foster brother ML-Mother-in-law SML-Stepmother-in-law
FF-Foster father N-Nephew SS-Stepson
FL-Father-in-law Ni-Niece SSi-Stepsister
FM-Foster mother Nu-Nurse SSiL-Stepsister-in-law
FSi-Foster sister O-Officer SSL-Stepson-in-law
GA-Great aunt P-Patient Su-Superintendent
GD-Granddaughter Pr-Prisoner U-Uncle
GF-Grandfather Pri-Principal W-Wife
GGF-Great grandfather Pu-Pupil Wa-Warden
Compliments of  Wanda Counsil

Glossary of Occupations
Accomptant Accountant
Almoner Giver of charity to the needy
Amanuensis Secretary or stenographer
Artificer A soldier mechanic who does repairs
Bailie Bailiff
Baxter Baker
Bluestocking Female writer
Boniface Keeper of an inn
Brazier One who works with brass
Brewster Beer manufacturer
Brightsmith Metal Worker
Burgonmaster Mayor
Caulker One who filled up cracks (in ships or windows) or seems to make 
them watertight by using tar or oakum-hemp fiber produced by 
taking old ropes apart
Chaisemaker Carriage maker
Chandler Dealer or trader; one who makes or sells candles; 
retailer of groceries
Chiffonnier Wig maker
Clark Clerk
Clerk Clergyman, cleric
Clicker The servant of a salesman who stood at the door to invite 
customers; OR
one who received the matter in the galley from the compositors 
and arranged it in due form ready for printing; OR
one who makes eyelet holes in boots using a machine which 
Cohen Priest
Collier Coal miner
Colporteur Peddler of books
Cooper One who makes or repairs vessels made of staves 
& hoops, such as casks, barrels, tubs, etc.
Cordwainer Shoemaker, originally any leather worker 
using leather from Cordova/Cordoba in Spain
Costermonger Peddler of fruits and vegetables
Crocker Potter
Crowner Coroner
Currier One who dresses the coat of a horse with a curry comb; 
one who tanned leather by incorporating oil or grease
Docker Stevedore, dock worker who loads and unloads cargo
Dowser One who finds water using a rod or witching stick
Draper A dealer in dry goods
Drayman One who drives a long strong cart without 
fixed sides for carrying heavyloads
Dresser A surgeon's assistant in a hospital
Drover One who drives cattle, sheep, etc. to market; a dealer in cattle
Duffer Peddler
Factor Agent, commission merchant; one who acts or transacts
business for another; Scottish steward or bailiff of an estate
Farrier A blacksmith, one who shoes horses
Faulkner Falconer
Fell monger One who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation
for leather making
Fletcher One who made bows and arrows
Fuller One who fulls cloth; one who shrinks and thickens woolen cloth
by moistening, heating, and pressing; one who cleans and finishes
Gaoler A keeper of the goal, a jailer
Glazier Window glassman
Hacker Maker of hoes
Hatcheler One who combed out or carded flax
Haymonger Dealer in hay
Hayward Keeper of fences
Higgler Itinerant peddler
Hillier Roof tiler
Hind A farm laborer
Hoslter A groom who took care of horses, often at an inn
Hooker Reaper
Hooper One who made hoops for casks and barrels
Huckster Sells small wares
Husbandman A farmer who cultivated the land
Jagger Fish peddler
Journeyman One who had served his apprenticeship and mastered his craft,
not bound to serve a master, but hired by the day
Joyner/Joiner A skilled carpenter
Keeler Bargeman
Kempster Wool comber
Lardner Keeper of the cupboard
Lavender Washer woman
Lederer Leather maker
Leech Physician
Longshoreman Stevedore
Lormer Maker of horse gear
Malender Farmer
Maltster Brewer
Manciple A steward
Mason Bricklayer
Mintmaster One who issued local currency
Monger Seller of goods (ale, fish)
Muleskinner Teamster
Neatherder Herds cows
Ordinary Keeper   Innkeeper with fixed prices
Pattern Maker A maker of a clog shod with an iron ring. A clog was a 
wooden pole with a pattern cut into the end
Peregrinator Itinerant wanderer
Peruker A wig maker
Pettifogger A shyster lawyer
Pigman Crockery dealer
Plumber One who applied sheet lead for roofing and set
lead frames for plain orstained glass windows.
Porter Door keeper
Puddler Wrought iron worker
Quarrier Quarry worker
Rigger Hoist tackle worker
Ripper Seller of fish
Roper Maker of rope or nets
Saddler One who makes, repairs or sells saddles or other 
furnishings for horses
Sawbones Physician
Sawyer One who saws; carpenter
Schumacker Shoemaker
Scribler A minor or worthless author
Scrivener Professional or public copyist or writer; notary public
Scrutiner Election judge
Shrieve Sheriff
Slater Roofer
Slopseller Seller of ready-made clothes in a slop shop
Snobscat/Snob One who repaired shoes
Sorter Tailor
Spinster A woman who spins or an unmarried woman
Spurrer Maker of spurs
Squire Country gentleman; farm owner; justice of peace
Stuff gown Junior barrister
Stuff gownsman Junior barrister
Supercargo Officer on merchant ship who is in charge of cargo 
and the commercial concerns of the ship
Tanner One who tans (cures) animal hides into leather
Tapley One who puts the tap in an ale cask
Tasker Reaper
Teamster One who drives a team for hauling
Thatcher Roofer
Tide waiter Customs inspector
Tinker An itinerant tin pot and pan seller and repairman
Tipstaff Policeman
Travers Toll bridge collection
Tucker Cleaner of cloth goods
Turner A person who turns wood on a lathe into spindles
Victualer A tavern keeper, or one who provides an army, 
navy, or ship with food supplies
Vulcan Blacksmith
Wagoner Teamster not for hire
Wainwright Wagon maker
Waiter Customs officer or tide waiter; one who waited on 
the tide to collect duty on goods brought in
Waterman Boatman who plies for hire
Webster Operator of looms
Wharfinger Owner of a wharf
Wheelwright One who made or repaired wheels; wheeled carriages, etc.
Whitesmith Tinsmith; worker of iron who finishes or polishes the work
Whitewing Street sweeper
Whitster Bleach of cloth
Wright Workman, especially a construction worker
Yeoman Farmer who owns his own land

Contributed by Jill Knitl, with permission from the SMALL Rootsweb listowner.

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