Justice in Heaven

Earlier this week I blogged about the Federal Census Mortality Schedules and specifically the 1860 listing of deaths in Ramsey County, Minnesota. When I couldn’t find any record of the Irish ancestors I was researching, I happened upon the entry for a woman named Ann Bilansky who was hanged in March 1860 for murdering her […]

Mortality Schedules

Census years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 included information about individuals who died within the 12-month period before the census-taking. These lists are known as “Mortality Schedules” and may be the only record of death for some individuals. Many states did not require death records until the late nineteenth century. In addition, gravestones or cemetery […]