United States Census Social Statistics Schedules

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Availability[edit | edit source]

1850 - 1880. Available at the National Archives, and Regional and State Archives.

1880--Most government document sections of public and university libraries have them.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

1850, 1860, 1870-- Statistics were gathered concerning a specific geographic area within a county. These schedules do not provide information about specific individuals, only statistical data.

Content[edit | edit source]

1850-1870--for each political subdivision, these schedules show:

                       Value of real estate 
                       Annual taxes
Cemetery facilities within city boundaries, including maps
                       Number of schools, teachers, and pupils 
                       Number and type of libraries and the number of volumes they have 
                       Name, type, and circulation of newspapers 
                       Types of church denominations, the number of people each church can seat, and the value of their property 
                       Number of native and foreign-born paupers and the cost of supporting them 
                       Number of native and foreign-born criminals convicted and in prison 
                       Average wages paid to farm hands, day laborers, carpenters, and female domestics. 

 Value[edit | edit source]

                       Provides information about the ancestor's community 

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  • Dollarhide, William. The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes. (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999.) FHL Book 973.X27d.
  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Wright, Matthew. Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. (Orem, Utah: 2001 Ancestry) FHL Book 973 X27s.