How do I find my slave schedule?

How do I find my slave schedule?

Where to find slave schedules. has the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules, as does FamilySearch (1850, 1860). Microfilmed slave schedules are at NARA, and the Family History Library has books with slave schedules and/or indexes from various states.

What was the schedule of a slave?

Slave Schedules were population schedules used in two U.S. Federal Censuses: The 1850 U.S. Federal Census and the 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Slaves were usually not named, but enumerated separately and usually only numbered under the slave holder’s name.

How were slaves listed on the census?

The Federal Constitution stipulated that a slave counted as three-fifths of a person for purposes of taxation and apportionment of the House of Representatives. Only the heads of free households appear in these records. All others, including slaves, are noted statistically under the head of household or reported owner.

Does ancestry have slave schedules?

1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules | Ancestry®

Where can I find slave records on Ancestry?

The African American history page on Ancestry contains information about our DNA test and links to search databases. The African American Historical Record Collection features interviews with people who were formerly enslaved, slave manifests, slave emancipation records, and more.

Where can I find information about slaves?

The best place to find information about an enslaved person before 1812 is in the private papers of the slave owner, or in records about the owner or his or her property. Papers might still be with the family or deposited in a local archive or library where the family lived or settled.

When did slaves start picking cotton?

Slavery, however, is only the first chapter of the tale. Beginning in 1800, slaves cultivated cotton for sixty years; but free blacks were cotton laborers for nearly a hundred years after emancipation.

How do I know if my ancestors were slaves?

Enslaved ancestors may be listed by name in wills and probate records. Deed records. Although we generally think of deed records as relating to land, since enslaved people were unfortunately classified as property, records of buying and selling them can be included in these kinds of records.

How do you know if your ancestors were slave owners?

Available online at,, and ● Census records are basic building blocks for everyone’s research. Start with the 1940 Census and work your way backwards. Locate every ancestor and relative in every census in which they were alive (to the extent possible).