Información de la fuente

Ancestry.com. Censo federal de Estados Unidos de 1850: Listas de esclavos [base de datos en línea]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Datos 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.

Acerca de Censo federal de Estados Unidos de 1850: Listas de esclavos

Durante el censo federal de Estados Unidos de 1850, se registraba a los esclavos por separado en las que se llamaban listas de esclavos. Esta base de datos ofrece detalles sobre esas personas, entre ellos, la edad, el género y el color. Sin embargo, lamentablemente, en la mayoría de las listas se omite el nombre de las personas. Sin embargo, algunos censistas sí incluyeron el nombre de pila de ciertos esclavos, en particular de los que tenían más de cien años de edad, lo cual se encuentra generalmente en la columna “nombre de propietarios de esclavos”.

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.