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Collection Time Period

U.S. Census Slave Schedule, 1850

Record Description

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

Record Content

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

How to Use the Records

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.


Record History

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

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • 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).

Why This Collection Was Created?

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

Record Reliability

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

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Sources of Information for This Collection:

"United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 " database, FamilySearch; (http://familysearch.org), from United States Census Office. Digital images of originals housed at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Examples of Sourch Citations for a Record in This Collection

"United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850." index and images, FamilySearch:  (https//www.familysearch.org]: accessed April 8, 2011). entry for Mary Adams, age 16; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 6703; United States Census Office, National Archives, Washington, D.C.





 

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