The 1890 census (yes, some of it survived!)
Many researchers do not realize that some of the original
1890 census schedules still exist.
In 1942, a bundle of the Illinois schedules were
discovered. In 1953, more bits and pieces were found.
These include pieces from Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota,
New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and the District of
These fragments of the 1890 census have been filmed and are
available at the National Archives and many other genealogy collections in libraries and
archives across the U. S. These records are on 3 rolls. About
6000 names are included.
According to the National Archives, this is what
remains of the 1890 Federal census:
ALABAMA-Perry County; two precincts only.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-two precincts only.
GEORGIA-part of Muskogee County- town of Columbus only
ILLINOIS-only one precinct in McDonough Co.
MINNESOTA-Rockford precinct in Wright Co.
NEW JERSEY-Jersey City in Hudson Co.
NEW YORK-two townships in two counties: Westchester and Suffolk.
NORTH CAROLINA-two townships in Gaston Co, and one in Cleveland Co.
OHIO-Cincinnati in Hamilton Co, and Wayne township in Clinton Co.
SO DAKOTA-one township in Union Co.
TEXAS-three precincts in Ellis Co, one in Hood Co, parts of two precincts in
Rusk, two in Trinity Co, and one in Kaufman.
- The following is a big help for researchers:
1890 US Census Substitute
- When a basement fire in the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.
destroyed most of the 1890 federal census, a valuable source of
information was lost to researchers of America's past. Ancestry.com
with the aid of the National Archives and Records Administration and the
Allen County Public Library, now provides the first definitive online
substitute for the missing census. More than 20 million records have been
identified for inclusion in the collection and additions will be made
regularly as they become available for posting.
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