In some early census years, when the census enumerator visited households, he not only took the census of the living residents but also inquired about the recently deceased. Any person who died in the previous twelve months should be listed on the mortality schedule.

For St. Louis researchers this is very important due to the cholera epidemic of 1849. Those who died between March and June 1849 are not listed on the schedule, since that exceeded the twelve-month period. However, there are approximately 5,000 names in this schedule of people who died after 1 June.

Some information was hard to read or missing. If a question mark is listed in the birthplace, it means that information was not listed. If you locate your ancestor, please check the original document to verify the information.

The original 1850 federal mortality schedule is located at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. A copy of the index is available at St. Louis Genealogical Society, and in the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library Headquarters. The latter facility has both the index and the census. The Missouri mortality census is also available through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and on

George and Maryhelen Wilson, along with Lois Stanley, indexed the St. Louis portion of the 1850 mortality schedule. They donated the index to St. Louis Genealogical Society in 1976.

Under Ward: Co. = County, JB = Jefferson Barracks

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