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Slave Schedules

 

Slave schedules were added to the federal census in 1850 and 1860, but enumerators were not required to list each slave by name.  Instead, the name of the slave owner appears with only a meager description of each slave—age, sex, and color. Columns also list the number of fugitive and manumitted slaves, as well as a column that identifies slaves who were deaf, blind, insane or idiotic. Some researchers disregard the value of slave schedules, which play a very important role in identifying the person who owned your ancestors. Slave schedules exist for the states listed below. The 1850 schedule for Utah lists only five slave owners, all of whom said they were traveling to California. This schedule also lists each of the twenty-six slaves by name.

1850 Slave Schedules

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
View a sample page of an 1850 slave schedule or order an 1850 record lookup for you ancestor.

1860 Slave Schedules

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
View a sample page of an 1860 slave schedule or order an 1860 record lookup for you ancestor.

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