Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Illinois, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Census Schedules
Collection years 1850-1880
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What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 1850-1880. Images of census schedules including agriculture, manufactures, industry and social statistics.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Records may contain the following information:

  • Date of enumeration
  • Township
  • Name of owner, agent or manager of the farm
  • Condition and value of the acreage
  • Value, kind of livestock and number of each kind
  • Value, type of produce and amount produced
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the farmer
  • Identifying information such as the name of township

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒ Select the appropriate "Schedule type"
⇒ Select the appropriate "County" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example use the township and farmer's name to search for land and property records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household, so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child. You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1133. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.

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