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Federal Mortality Schedules

Federal mortality schedules were taken every ten years as part of the census enumerations usually starting in 1850. They listed the details for persons who died 12 months prior to taking the census itself - usually starting with June 1. Besides giving genealogical information about ones family, these schedules can often be helpful in tracing genetic symptoms and diseases. If you had a family member mentioned in the mortality schedule you then have the details you need to research the obituaries, mortuary record, cemetery records and probate records for further information. This is a excellent tool to help you focus your research in finding those elusive relatives.

The important genealogy information these mortality schedule give is the name, age, sex, color, occupation, birthplace month and year of death, cause of death, number of days ill, the attending physician and other details. In 1870 the birthplace of parents were added to the list. In the 1880 schedule, the length of time of residence was added and the place where the disease was contracted.

Unfortunately, not all the deaths for that time frame or even for that area were recorded by the enumerator. However it does provide some death record information before various states began recording vital statistics.

If you wish to look that the original schedules, they have been deposited in the state archives, National Archives or in the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. The Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed a large number of morality schedules and are available at the Salt Lake City depository and at their branch libraries.

Remember, as long as you are searching the census records, take a moment to scan through the mortality schedules as well. This information could be invaluable in future searches.

Tip of the Month

If your family ancestor's final resting place turns out not to be the final or permanent site because of a construction project, first find out the date the road/freeway/turnpike was built from the county civil engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers. Second, check the newspapers just before and after the date of internment for mention of removal and reinternment. Third, check county health department for registration of removal and a possible court order. Fourth, check with local morticians of the area who may have helped with the removal.


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