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1860 Federal Census, Mortality Schedule, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County

1860 Federal Census of Mortality for Lansingburgh

1860 Federal Census of Mortality for Lansingburgh

Other, RCCO_Census_Mortality_Lansingburgh
 
Document Description
1860 Federal Census, Mortality Schedule, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County.
 
Questions
What is the date of the death record?
Which category of information would not be on a current death record? (Please compare the Lansingburgh document to the current death record)
What does the age 5/12 mean?
How many babies two years or younger died?
What does this tell you about infant mortality during this time?
Research three diseases you are not familiar with. Define the diseases using a dictionary or the Centers of Disease Control information online.
Why did few people know about these preventable diseases? Please use evidence from the document and prior knowledge.
What are the unusual causes of death listed on the document?
What is the average age of death on this record for:
Females?
Males?
Infants?
Using an almanac website research the average life expectancy in the U.S. today for males and females.
What did most people die of, according to this death record?
Using the almanac website, what are the leading causes of death in the U.S. today?
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Have students create a bar graph that shows the frequency of the various diseases on the mortality schedule.
 

Historical Context
This schedule of deaths was recorded in Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York. Mortality schedules appear at the end of each town’s population schedule in the United States Census for the years 1850-1880. The New York State Census from 1845-1875 also contains mortality schedules for the communities of New York State. This record is courtesy of the New York State Library, Albany, New York.
 
 
Essential Question
How does this document show differences between 19th century life and modern life?
 
 
Check for Understanding
Why have the major causes of death changed over the past 100 years? Write a comparison reflection paragraph combining information from all sources.