The Federal Mortality Census Schedules record deaths registered by county during the year preceding the decennial censuses 1850-1880. Items of information recorded generally include...
- free or slave
- married or widowed
- place of birth (state or territory in the U.S., or foreign country)
- month deceased
- disease, or cause of death
- number of days ill
- attending physician signature
- infrequently: how long the deceased resided in the county and the place where the disease was contracted if different than the place of death
Some schedules include an appendix listing by counties the physicians who were practicing at the time and whose signatures appear in the Mortality Records.
The Federal Mortality Census Schedules (1850, 1860) are the only census schedules where the names of slaves occasionally appear.
Ancestry Library Edition (in GALILEO@uga) provides the most complete collection digitally. Available at all desktop computers in the Main & Science Libraries, CMC library, Miller Learning Center, and the Russell Special Collection Library. Temporarily available off campus to UGA faculty, students, and staff.
On the Ancestry Library Edition home page find the Search Census box and click Search Now. To browse the mortality schedules by county: scroll down to 'Included Data Collections' in the lower left and choose 'U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885'. The 'Browse this collection' box will appear on the right side of the screen. Just follow the steps.
Alternate way to access: Main Library basement, Microfilm cabinets. Readers & digital scanner/printers are located near the elevators. See the grid below for call numbers and holdings.
|Call Number & Reel||State||Year||County/Parish||Index and/or Schedules|
|1||AZ||1870||Mohave-Yuma||index and schedules|
|2||AZ||1880||Apache-Yuma||index and schedules|
|5||DC||1850-70||index and schedules|
|6||DC||1880||index and schedules|
|7||GA||1850||Appling-Wilkinson||index and schedules|
|8||GA||1860||Appling-Worth||index and schedules|
|9||GA||1870||Appling-Worth||index and schedules|
|13||KY||1850||Pendleton-Woodford||index and schedules|
|14||KY||1860||Adair-Woodford||index and schedules|
|15||KY||1870||Adair-Woodford||index and schedules|
|16||KY||1880||A-Mere||index and abstracts|
|17||KY||1880||Meri-Z||index and abstracts|
|21||LA||1850||Ascension-Vermillion Parish||index and schedules|
|22||LA||1860||Ascension-Winn Parish||index and schedules|
|23||LA||1870||Ascension-Winn Parish||index and schedules|
|24||LA||1880||Ascension-Natchitoches Parish||index and abstracts, A-Z; schedules, A-N|
|26||TN||1850||Anderson-Wilson||index and schedules|
|27||TN||1860||Anderson-Wilson||index and schedules|