Follow these steps for using 1850 and 1860 slave schedules to trace your slave ancestors.
Before staring to trace enslaved ancestors, you'll need research your family back to the Civil War in censuses, vital records and other genealogical sources. Find as much information as you can.
Then review a family group sheet of the post-Civil War family members you want to focus on. You'll need a list of their given names and ages to (1) determine which family members might have been born as slaves and (2) determine the slaveholder's name.