Information sur la source

Ancestry.com. Recensement fédéral des États-Unis de 1850 - Tableaux des esclaves [base de données en ligne]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Données originales : United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls.

 Recensement fédéral des États-Unis de 1850 - Tableaux des esclaves

Durant le recensement fédéral des États-Unis de 1850, les esclaves étaient dénombrés séparément dans les tableaux des esclaves. Cette base de données contient des informations sur ces individus, y compris l’âge, le sexe et la couleur. Malheureusement, leurs noms n’étaient pas inclus. Certains recenseurs indiquaient parfois le prénom de l’esclave (particulièrement ceux de plus de cent ans). Ceux-ci apparaissent généralement dans la colonne du propriétaire de l’esclave.

Please note that this collection contains sensitive information about enslaved people.

General Collection Information

During the 1850 and 1860 United States Federal Censuses, enslaved individuals were recorded separately in what were called slave schedules. This database provides details about those persons, including age, sex, and color, but unfortunately, most schedules omit personal names. Some enumerators did, however, list the given names of enslaved people—particularly those over one hundred years of age—which are generally found in the "name of slave owners" column.

Additional slave schedule fields that are not indexed include:

  • “Fugitive from the State” (meaning they were a freedom seeker)
  • “Number manumitted” (or freed)
  • “Deaf & dumb, blind, insane, or idiotic”

Using this Collection

Sometimes the listings of enslaved persons on large estates or plantations appear to take the form of family groupings, but in most cases enslaved individuals are listed from oldest to youngest with no evident attempt to account for family structure or units.

In any event, the slave schedules almost never conclusively connect a specific enslaved individual with a particular slave owner. At best, they provide supporting evidence for a hypothesis derived from other sources. When researching enslaved individuals, the slave schedules are most helpful when used in conjunction with the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, the U.S. Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, wills, and probate documents.

Researchers seeking information about slave owners may find slave schedules useful because of the specific information they provide about slave owners’ holdings. For example, the number of enslaved people enumerated under a slave owner could indicate whether or not the slave owner had a plantation, and if so, what size it was.

History of the Collection

The official enumeration day of the 1850 census was June 1, 1850.

The 1850 slave schedule was used in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.

Sources

Taken from Szucs, Loretto Dennis, "Research in Census Records." In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

William Dollarhide, The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes, Heritage Quest: Bountiful, Utah, 2000.