Maryland Non-Population Schedules Online (Tuesday’s Tip)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Online at the MSA sm

Did you know that, while all non-population schedules (agricultural, manufacturing, mortality, social statistics) for Maryland are on microfilm, some of them are online? They are accessible through the Maryland State Archives’ Guide to Government Records.

The Maryland State Archives describes this collection as follows:

…Information collected during censuses taken every ten years. Includes social statistics, providing information on social, cultural, and religious life for 1850-1880; mortality listings of those who died in the census year along with their occupation and cause of death for 1850-1880; manufacturers’ annual productions for 1850-1880; agricultural productions for 1850-1880; population schedules, providing information on inhabitants for all years except 1890; a listing of defective, dependent, and delinquent individuals for 1880; a 1890 listing of union veterans and their widows including dates of service and disabilities suffered; and slave schedules for 1850 and 1860. Arranged by subject within each census year; population statistics are divided by county and enumeration district.

Go the guide at the link and enter “SM61” in the “Jump By Series ID” box. Then filter the long series by the decade (1850, 1860, 1870 or 1880) you wish to research. Currently, there are about 562 items for all four years. Out of this number, very few have been digitized and placed online, but you may be lucky.

NOTE: to change filters (i.e., Dates), you must first clear the previous filter.

If you see “Additional Links” under the Links column, it means that the image is available online. When you click on this you will be able to download a PDF file of the images for that census. Due to method of microfilming, censuses with multiple pages like the Agricultural census may have the first page on one image and the second page on the next image making it difficult to line them up.

For my fellow Carroll County researchers, the 1870 Agriculture Schedule for Allegheny and Carroll counties has been digitized at MSA SM61 000285 .

WARNING! These are large files and downloading them is slow and can take some time. My download of the above PDF file, which is 285.72 MB, took about 8 to 10 minutes.

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