Do you have entrepreneurs in your family? If your ancestors owned a business in the 19th century, you’ll now be able to learn the details of their company, or even their farm, in the Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880 that are now online. This unique collection of agriculture, industry/manufacturers, and social statistics contains the names and details of more than 4 million people and businesses from the 1800s – so check it out to find the ancestral entrepreneur that’s in your family.
Included in the industry/manufacturing schedules are the company name, a description of the type of business, amount of capital invested, the quantity and value of resources used, the quantity of yearly production, and the number of individuals hired.
We even found details for many major businesses operating during the 1800s. Compared to where these business are today, these records truly illustrate the impact of the Industrial Revolution. These schedules contain some of the country’s most famous businesses that started in the 19th century, including:
Other familiar businesses found in this collection include Macy’s, Colgate, Lord & Taylor and the Milton Bradley Company.
Additionally, the Non-Population Census Schedules include agricultural schedules that detail total acreage of land, the value of the farm, machinery and livestock, and amount of staples (wool, cotton, grain, etc.) produced. This collection also lists social statistics for communities that include details on churches, cemeteries, societies, schools, libraries, property value, and newspapers, plus outlines the number of paupers supported by the community and criminals convicted. Records are available for many states including California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
So whether you’re researching your ancestor’s business, or interested in learning more about how many pigs they owned, check out the Non-Population Census Schedules to get a fuller look at your ancestor’s life back in the 1800s.
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