Any recommended sources for learning more about mortality schedules?

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A cousin recently sent me the record of an uncle who was listed in the mortality schedules.  I'm not sure why my family would have been in Kansas at the time of my uncle's death, but everything else matches what I know.  I started a relatively fruitless search to learn more about the mortality schedules and found a few YouTube videos and an outdated FamilySearch Wiki article.  Does anyone have suggestions on where I can learn more about the schedules?  I tried searching for others in the schedules, but without success.  I'm missing a lot of ancestors from the time period when mortality schedules were available, but mainly I just found them confusing.
WikiTree profile: Andrew Wells
in Genealogy Help by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (208k points)

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The U.S. Census Bureau was responsible for taking the mortality schedules, and they list the information on the mortality schedules on their website.  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository of all census records - population, mortality, slave, agriculture, etc.  The have a blog post on the mortality schedules that may be helpful to you.  I see that Andrew died in Kansas - the NARA website has a list of Nonpopulation Census Records for Kansas that includes the mortality schedules for that state.  Dick Eastman, a well-known genealogy blogger, wrote an article about the mortality schedules that you might find informative.

Hope this helps.

by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (563k points)
selected by J. Crook

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