US Census Records Mortality Schedules 1850-1880

Finding Deceased People in Nonpopulation Census Records

For the census years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880, names and some basic details were recorded for some people who died in the year prior to the census being taken (not all states are included). These records usually have the deceased person's name, age, sex, race, occupation, month of death, cause of death and sometimes other details. Note that some deceased people may have been missed when these schedules were taken.

These census mortality schedules generally cover these dates...
  • June 1, 1849 - May 31, 1850
  • June 1, 1859 - May 31, 1860
  • June 1, 1869 - May 31, 1870
  • June 1, 1879 - May 31, 1880
The schedules are not available for all states and years.

Census Mortality Schedules Online
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules 1850-1885 at Ancestry (requires payment)
    Some census mortality schedules are available online as part of Ancestry's U.S. genealogy records collection. An Ancestry subscription also includes online access to indexes of the U.S. federal census records 1790-1940, and digitized images of the census records from the microfilm.

    Ancestry's Mortality Schedules Database presently includes some records for various years and counties from these states...
    Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah Territory, Vermont, Virginia (includes West Virginia for 1850 and 1860), Washington Territory and Wisconsin. New York has a separate database. See...

  • U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880 at Ancestry (requires payment)
  • 1850 US Census Mortality Schedules from FamilySearch (free) for 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. 1850 census mortality schedules are not available for other states.
Census Mortality Schedules on Microfilm
The U.S. National Archives (NARA) and the LDS Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City have microfilmed copies of census mortality schedules. The FHL microfilms can be ordered from many local LDS Family History Centers for viewing and photocopying for a fee. To find which census mortality records they have at the FHL, try doing a place search for the state you are looking for in the Family History Library Catalog. Click on the census year you need and then look for the "mortality schedule" listings. You may also find these records listed under the "vital records" topic in the FHL catalog for a specific state.

Census mortality schedules are not available for all states and years.

These records are not always indexed on microfilm. However, you will find some microfilmed indexes for a few Southern states -- these indexes are usually listed in the FHL catalog along with the records themselves. Some of these records are also indexed online -- see the section above.

For information on US Federal Census Records see... Census Records - Online Tips, Indexes and Clues 1790-1940



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