Mortality Schedules

Did you know there was a mortality schedule?

They were only used for a short time, from 1850-1880, but they can provide invaluable information.

Sadly, they were only taken when the census records were taken and not during the non-census records.

mortality schedules

This is helpful, because the states did not have death certificates, yet.  These records provide more information on the cause of death than a family bible or dates on a tombstone would.

Questions asked in the mortality schedules:

  • Deceased’s name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Color (White, black, mulatto)
  • Whether widowed
  • Place of birth (state, territory, or country)
  • Month in which the death occurred
  • Profession, occupation, or trade
  • Disease or cause of death
  • Number of days ill
  • Parents’ birthplaces (added in 1870)
  • Place where disease was contracted and how long the deceased was a resident of the area (added in 1880)


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