Iowa Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and images of the lists of people who died in the year preceding each census from 1850 to 1880 in the Iowa State census. These include lists of people who died Jun 1849 – May 1850, Jun 1859 – May 1860, Jun 1869-May 1870, and Jun 1879 – May 1880.


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What Can I Learn from Mortality Schedules?


These census mortality schedules may include:

  • Name, age, gender, and color of deceased
  • Free person or slave
  • Whether married or widowed
  • Birthplace (state, territory, or country)
  • Month in which death occurred
  • Occupation (profession or trade)
  • Cause of death
  • If parents were foreign born (1870 Census only)
  • Length of residence in the United States (1880 Census only)
  • Father’s and mother’s birthplace (1880 Census only)




How Can Mortality Schedules Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Mortality schedules are a national level file of state-by-state death registers. Using the death information, you can search for:
    • Obituaries, mortuary records, cemeteries, and probate records, all of which may provide additional genealogical information
    • Mortality schedules also list ages and birthplaces for a time when births were not reported
    • Use this information to look for other records that may provide information about the individual, parents, and siblings
    • Search for a death register in the county where the person died
    • Search for an obituary in local newspapers


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