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An unidentified girl wearing a mourning dress
holds a picture of her father.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
In 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1885 (applicable state censuses), the census included inquiries about persons who had died in the year immediately preceding the enumeration (Figure 2). In general, the questions covered the following topics:
Age at last birthday
Profession, occupation, or trade
State, territory, or country of birth of person and parents
Length of residence in county
Month in which person died
Disease or cause of death
Place where disease contracted (if not at place of death)
Name of attending physician
A listing of available mortality schedules, by state and year, is available here [PDF 32KB].
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