United States Census (Mortality Schedule), 1850 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Census (Mortality Schedule), 1850
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|Record Type||Mortality Schedules|
|Record Group||RG 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census|
|Microfilm Publication||T655. Federal Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (formerly in the custody of the Daughters of the American Revolution), and Related Indexes. 30 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||5634766|
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of an index and images of mortality schedules listing inhabitants of the United States who died between June 1849 and May 1850. This was the first time a mortality schedule was included with the general population census schedule. Searchable data and browse are available for the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Mortality schedules are not available at all for other states. The schedules consist of large printed forms filled in by the census enumerators.
Mortality schedules are a national level file of state-by-state death registers for the year prior to the federal census. Mortality schedules exist for the census year 1850, 1860, and 1880. Census enumerators requested information from the head of household about deaths that had occurred in the year prior to the census. In 1918 to 1919, the Bureau of the Census distributed the original schedules to states or to the National Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution when states were not interested. Mortality schedules list those deceased during the year prior to the census. This is a small percentage of the total population. At the time of the 1870 census, it was surmised that as many as one-third of all deaths were not reported. For instance, when a family was scattered by the death of the head of household, there was no one left to report it. In 1880 a supplemental report from attending physicians added 60,000 additional names to the schedules.
In the absence of vital registration in many states, mortality schedules provided nationwide death statistics for one year of each decade, 1850–1880. According to the official statistical report for 1870, this was done to assess the death rate for age-groups, sex, race, nationality, and occupation and to “deduc[e] the effect of the various conditions of life upon the duration of life.”
Census mortality schedules are usually accurate, but this accuracy depended on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name, age, gender, and color of deceased
- Free person or slave
- Whether married or widowed
- Birthplace (state, territory, or country)
- Month in which death occurred
- Occupation (profession or trade)
- Cause of death
- If parents were foreign born (1870 Census only)
- Length of residence in the United States (1880 Census only)
- Father’s and mother’s birthplace (1880 Census only)
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- The full name of your ancestor.
- The age of your ancestor.
- The residence of your ancestor.
- The month your ancestor died.
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the death information to search for obituaries
- Use the death information to search for a cemetery record
- Use the death information to search for a probate record
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- United States Research Tips and Strategies
Other FamilySearch Collections[edit | edit source]
These collections may have additional materials to help you with your research.
FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
- Federal mortality census schedules and related indexes : 1850-1880 Includes Arizona, Colorado, DC, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
- Alabama, 1850 : Autauga thru Wilcox counties
- Arkansas mortality schedules, production of agriculture schedules and manufacturer's schedule, 1850-1880
- Seventh census of the United States, original returns of the assistant marshals, mortality for the year 1850 : in the state of Connecticut
- Mortality schedules of Illinois, 1850-1880
- Census of Indiana mortality, 1850 : original returns of the assistant marshals, third series persons who died during the year ending, 1850
- Seventh census of the United States, 1850, Iowa, roll 2, schedule 3, mortality
- Maine. Persons who died during the year ending June 30, 1850
- Mortality schedules, 1850, Maryland
- Schedule 3. Persons who died during the year ending 1st June, 1850 : federal nonpopulation census schedules for Massachusetts
- Mortality schedules for Michigan, 1850
- Mississippi mortality schedule for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880
- 1850 census, mortality schedule, New Hampshire
- Census of New Jersey, 1850-1880; third series (of persons who died during the years ending 30 June 1850; 1 June, 1860; 1 June, 1870; 31 May 1880
- Mortality schedules of the United States census, 1850 - 1880 (New York State)
- Non-population census schedules for North Carolina, 1850-1880, mortality and manufacturing [industry
- Ohio mortality schedules, 1850
- Rhode Island mortality schedules, 1850-1880
- Mortality schedules of Texas (1850, 1860, 1870, 1880); mortality schedules of Utah (1870)
- Utah supplemental census schedules, 1850
- Persons who died during the year ending June 1, 1850, Accomack-York counties, Virginia
FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]
- United States Census, 1850
- 1850 Slave Schedules
- Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880
- Iowa Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880
- Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880
- Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880
FamilySearch Digital Library[edit | edit source]
- Twenty censuses, population and housing questions, 1790-1980.Washington, D.C. : United States. Government Printing Office, 1979
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