1850 Census Record Research
The 1850 Census for Ionia County is now online. Actual scanned images of the census have been placed in the USGenWeb Archives, as part of the USGenWeb Archives Census Project. Images are arranged by page number.
In the 1850 Federal census you can find the following information:
the name, age, and sex of each individual in the household
whether each individual was white, black, or mulatto
the profession, occupation, or trade of each individual over 15
the value of the real estate owned by each individual
each individual's state, territory, or country of birth
whether or not an individual was married within the year
whether or not an individual attended school within the year
whether or not an individual can read and write, if over 20
whether an individual is deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, a pauper, or a convict.
The following census films are available at the Ionia Community Library (formerly Hall-Fowler Memorial Library) in Ionia.
1850 Census - 7 rolls - covering NY (Clinton and Jefferson Counties) Michigan (Ionia County)
Federal Mortality Schedules exist for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.
Mortality schedules counted the number of deaths that occurred in the year before the census was taken, and exist for the 1850 through 1880 censuses. This means that there are only four schedules currently available for the U.S. census. A mortality schedule lists the individual's name, age, sex, occupation, cause of death, date of death, and place of death by county.
A copy of the Ionia County Mortality Index is available as part of CD 164, "Death Records, Mortality Records 1850-1880 available from Broderbund Software.
This index was also published in the Ionia County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 3 - Number 2, April-June 1998.
Last update December 28, 2007