Editor’s note: Information in this post has been updated 5/23/2011 to reflect new information that was recently shared by the North Carolina State Archives staff.
The agricultural schedule began in 1850 and continued through the early 1900s. The 1850 and 1860 schedules completed for farms with an annual production value of at least $100. The 1870 and 1880 schedules recorded farms that were at least 3 acres unless the small farms produced at least $500 worth of produce sold in that census year. The 1900 and 1910 schedules were destroyed. The National Archives houses some existent schedules from 1920, but none that exist are for North Carolina. Questions from 1850-1870 on the schedule differ only slightly, but in 1880 about twice as many questions were asked, including land tenure.