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|Record Creator:||Department of Commerce, U. S. Census Bureau|
The Mortality Schedules; also referred to as Non-population Census Records, record the deaths in the year preceding the census. The information listed in this 1860 Mortality Schedule includes: name, age, sex, race, free or slave, marital status, place of birth, occupation, the cause of death and the length of the illness. In many cases, these schedules are the only records of death available.
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|Access Restriction Notes:||These records are open for research.|
|Source of Transfer||Washington State Library
|Notes||These images came from microfilm held by the Washington State Library. The Library only holds copies of this schedule. Original records, like other federal census materials, are held by the United States National Archives and Records Administration.
|Agency History:||The need for a census was delineated in the United States Constitution Article I, section II. The initial population count took place in 1790 under the Census Office, a temporary agency. The Census Office operated only around the years of the census, until 1880 when processing the data from the census took the entire decade until the next census. Congress created the United States Census Bureau in 1902, a permanent agency which would not close in between census enumeration. The Bureau was initially under the Department of the Interior, but was transferred to the Department of Commerce in 1903.|
|Preferred Citation:||[Identification of item], U.S. Census Bureau, Mortality Schedule, 1860, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].|