I learned something new today about my 3rd great-grandfather Henry C. Koth. I already knew he was a veterinarian/doctor as well as a farmer, but browsing through Ancestry.com's new collection of non-population U.S. census schedules (1850-1880), I learned that in 1880 Henry Charles Koth also operated a flour/grist mill in his home town of Pocotaligo, Hampton County, South Carolina.
The non-population census schedules being added by Ancestry.com include:
- industry/manufacturing schedules - company name, 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.
- agricultural schedules - detail total acreage of land; value of the farm, machinery and livestock; and amount of staples (wool, cotton, grain, etc.) produced
- social statistics schedules - details on churches, cemeteries, societies, schools, libraries, property value, and newspapers, plus the number of paupers supported by the community and criminals convicted.
Not all available schedules are online as of yet. The states covered include California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington Territory. Some states may have one type of non-population schedule online, but not others. Mortality and manufacturing schedules are included for North Carolina, for example, but the agricultural schedules are not yet available on Ancestry.com. Wouldn't you know I descend from a bunch of North Carolina farmers?
Check the non-population U.S. census schedules for yourself at Ancestry.com to get a fuller picture of what life was like for your ancestors back in 1880. If you learn something new about one of your ancestors, please share it here in the comments!