Search 1880 DDD Schedules for 14 States on Ancestry.com

Search 1880 DDD Schedules for 14 States on Ancestry.com

Subscription genealogy website Ancestry.com has added many states' 1880 special census schedules of “defective, dependent and delinquent" classes, also known as DDD schedules.You'll know to look for your ancestor in DDD schedules if his 1880 US census listing has a mark in columns 15 through 20, showing whether...

Subscription genealogy website Ancestry.com has added many states’ 1880 special census schedules of “defective, dependent and delinquent” classes, also known as DDD schedules.

You’ll know to look for your ancestor in DDD schedules if his 1880 US census listing has a mark in columns 15 through 20, showing whether he was ill or had a physical or mental disability. If so, DDD schedules might give you more information about his condition or reasons for being institutionalized. (Learn more about this and other special censuses in the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine).

Surviving DDD records are scattered among libraries and state archives. (See Family Tree Magazine‘s downloadable, state-by-state guide to finding DDD records.)

But now you can search many of the records from home: Ancestry.com subscribers can search DDD schedules from California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington Territory.

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  1. Hi, there!
    April, Vermont is not among the states currently in Ancestry.com’s collection. (The collection comes from NARA microfilm, and NARA doesn’t have DDD records for all states on microfilm.) You should check with the Vermont State Archives at http://vermont-archives.org/

    Sarah, as a part of the US census, the schedules mentioned in this post are not available for the UK and Australia. These countries may have other records for helping you research family members who had disabilities or were institutionalized. Start with the national archives for each place: http://www.naa.gov.au/ for Australia and http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ for Britain.