Macoupin County


Non-Population Schedules

I just read in the July/August issue of the "National Genealogy Society Newsletter" an article by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, Director of NGS called "The Nonpopulation Census Schedules: Part 1, Agriculture and Manufacturing Schedules." Here's the essence:

For the years 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 there's an additional schedule of information about farms: name of owner, manager, acres, cash value, horses, cows, mules, etc. The amount of oats, tobacco, cotton, etc. produced. In 1850 farms that produced less than $100 worth of products were not included.

For 1820, 1850, and 1860 the manufacturing schedule reported the type of business or product, amount of capital, value of raw materials, etc. Manufacturing operations producing less than $500 worth of goods were not included.

So, if your ancestor was on a farm, you can find out what they grew, how much, and if they were making any money. This may give you an idea why they moved, if their acres didn't produce.

Contributed by Tom Bunt

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