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1890 Census was taken beginning 1 June 1890, for two weeks to thirty days. The following information was recorded by the census taker:

 

1890—destroyed/damaged by fire, in Commerce Dept. 1921. 1% survived, 6,160 individuals.

 

1790-2000 Info: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf

 

Value

The 1890 census can be used to:1

 

 

1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html

Unique Features and Problems

1.  Listed the address of the individual
2.  Listed if a person was a soldier, sailor, or a marine during the Civil War
3.  Listed whether they were Union or Confederate
4.  Listed whether they were a widow of a veteran
5.  Listed, if a mother, the number of children she had and how many were living
6.  If foreign born, the individual was asked how many years they had been in the United States and if they were naturalized 
     or in the process of being naturalized
7.  Lists what language the individual speaks
8.  Lists number of months employed
9.  Asks if the home is rented or owned (and mortgaged)
10. Listed individuals in Army forts, US vessels, Navy Yards, & prisons.
11. Most schedules destroyed by fire in 1921
12. Special 1890 schedules enumerating Union veterans & their widows from the Civil War are sometimes used as
     a census substitute.
13. See Ancestry for 1890 remaining census schedules.

States Covered and Missing

Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin

-44 states & District of Columbia: All of those listed for 1880 (34) plus 6 more: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming.

1890 Surviving schedules-- The following population schedules have survived for the 1890 federal census:

                       Alabama--Perry County, Perryville beat number 11 and Severe beat number 8.
                       District of Columbia--Q. Thirteenth, Fourteenth, R.Q. Corcoran, Fifteenth, S.R. and Riggs streets, Johnson
                                  Avenue, and S Street
                       Georgia--Muscogee County, Columbus Township
                       Illinois--McDonough County, Mound Township.
                       Minnesota--Wright County, Rockford Township.
                       New Jersey--Hudson County, Jersey City
                       New York--Suffolk County, Brookhaven Township and Westchester County, Eastchester Township.
                       North Carolina--Gaston County, South Point & River Bend Townships and Cleveland County, Township No. 2
                       Ohio--Hamilton County, Cincinnati and Clinton County, Wayne Township
                       South Dakota--Union County, Jefferson Township
                       Texas--Ellis County, J.P. No. 6, Mountain Peak and Ovilla Precinct
                                  Hood County, Precinct No. 5
                                  Rusk County, No. 6, J.P. No. 7
                                  Trinity County, Trinity Town and Precinct No. 2
                                  Kaufman County, Kaufman


Check ancestry.com for the database of the 1890 Census Substitute.

 Territories

  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma(unorganized)
  • Utah

Web Sites

1790-2000 Info: http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf

1850-1930 Search Tips: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/census/1850-1930.html

Ancestry.com: http://www.ancestry.com/

Bibliographic Citations

1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Source: A Guide book to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2006.)



 

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