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Record Description

The schedules consist of large preprinted forms with two columns on each page.

Census enumerators created slave schedules at the same time as population schedules. Slave schedules for 1850 exist for the following places: 

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah Territory
  • Virginia

While nearly one-third of Southern families owned slaves, the number of slave owners named in the slave schedules is 1.7 percent of the total population (in 1860). Depending on the state, slaves numbered less than one to nearly 50 percent of the population (12.5 percent of the total population in 1860).

For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

U.S. Census Slave Schedule, 1850

Census slave schedules are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator

The schedules consist of large preprinted forms with two columns on each page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Census Office. United States federal census slavery schedule 1850. NARA microfilm publication M0432. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., n.d.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Slave schedules include the following genealogical information:

1850 United States Census Slave.jpg
  • Name of slave owner
  • Age, color, and sex of slave
  • Very few schedules list the names of the slaves 

How to Use the Records

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "State" category
⇒Select the "County"which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Or

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Use slave schedules to identify the slave holdings of owners. Since they do not provide the slaves’ names, they can be used only in conjunction with other sources to identify individuals and families who were slaves.

Related Websites

United States Census Online

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 ,"  database and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVHW-T16 : accessed 4 April 2012), Mary Adams (Washington city, Washington, District of Columbia).


 

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