3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2021 11:20 AM by Ray Sarnacki

    Seeking to compare Farm Census Schedules with land ownership

    Ray Sarnacki Newbie

      I wondered whether anyone who has done research using the U.S. agricultural census schedules from the late 19th century (1850-80) might have an answer to a problem   I've run into with the late 19th century farm census schedules.  I am attempting to match archived land records for farms with their respective census schedules. The problem involves holders of farmland who appear in the land records with substantial acreage but who do not appear in the agricultural census schedules for the period in which they owned the land.  Part of the problem may be land tenure (e.g., tenant farming or leasing of land), which isn't identified in the census schedules until 1880.  Might anyone have an alternative explanation?