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) includes images of the mortality schedules

    Ancestry's Mortality Schedules Database 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. Coverage varies by state and census year. Some counties may not be included. New York has a separate database. See...

  • New York: New York Census Mortality Schedules, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 at Ancestry (requires payment); coverage varies by county
  • 1850 US Census Mortality Schedules from FamilySearch (free with registration) 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. Coverage varies by county. Some counties may not be included.
  • Also see the Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Pennsylvania pages on this website. See links to those states below.
For information about U.S. federal decennial (every ten years) census records see... Census Records - Online Tips, Indexes and Clues 1790-1940

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