Massachusetts, Federal Census Mortality Schedule, 1880 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Mortality Census Schedule
Record Group RG 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census
Collection years 1879-1880
Microfilm Publication T1204. Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Massachusetts,1840-1880. 40 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 2791281
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images to "Federal Census Schedule 5, Persons who died during the year ending May 31, 1880 " or between June 1, 1879 and May 31, 1880.

  • Barnstable - Essex Counties, Roll 37
  • Essex- Hampshire Counties, R0ll 38
  • Middlesex - Norfolk Counties, Roll 39
  • Plymouth - Worcester Counties, Roll 40

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Federal Census Mortality Schedule, 1880.

Collection Content

Sample Image

The records usually list:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Marital status
  • Birth place
  • Birth places of parents
  • Occupation
  • Month in which person died
  • Cause of death
  • Length of residence within the county
  • Place where person became ill
  • Name of attending physician

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Place of residence

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 "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 age to calculate an approximate death date.
  • Use the name and residence to search other other records such as census, church and land records.
  • Use the name and month of death to search court records for a will or probate.
  • Occupations listed may lead you to other types of records such as employment or school records

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

  • This census only lists individuals who died within the year ending May 31, 1880 so if your ancestor died after June 1st, they would not be in this census schedule. Search the 1880 Population Schedule.
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

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:

“Massachusetts, Federal Census Mortality Schedule, 1880.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1204. 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 Massachusetts, Federal Census Mortality Schedule, 1880.

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