United States Census Social Statistics Schedules

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Additional Information may be found on the United States Census Portal Page.


1850 - 1870.

Historical Background

Social statistics schedules provide information about the ancestor's community.


1850-1870--for each political subdivision, these schedules show:

  • value of real estate
  • annual taxes
  • number of schools, teachers, and pupils
  • number and type of libraries and the number of volumes they have
  • name, type, and circulation of newspapers
  • types of church denominations, the number of people each church can seat, and the value of their property
  • number of native and foreign-born paupers and the cost of supporting them
  • number of native and foreign-born criminals convicted and in prison
  • average wages paid to farm hands, day laborers, carpenters, and female domestics.


These schedules do not provide information about specific individuals, only statistical data.


Web Sites

NARA:  http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/nonpopulation/

Bibliographic Citations

  • Dollarhide, William. The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes. (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999.) FHL Book 973.X27d.
  • Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Wright, Matthew. Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. (Orem, Utah: 2001 Ancestry) FHL Book 973 X27s.