United States Census 1890

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1890 Census Dates

1 June (2 weeks - 30 days)

Unique Features

  • Listed the address of the individual
  • Listed if a person was a soldier, sailor, or a marine during the Civil War
  • Listed whether they were Union or Confederate
  • Listed whether they were a widow of a veteran
  • Listed, if a mother, the number of children she had and how many were living
  • 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
  • Lists what language the individual speaks
  • Lists number of months employed
  • Asks if the home is rented or owned (and mortgaged)
  • Listed individuals in Army forts, US vessels, Navy Yards, & prisons.


  • Most schedules destroyed by fire in 1921

States Covered

-44 states & District of Columbia: All of those listed for 1880 (34) plus 6 more: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming.
-Some districts and counties survived, check the following states:

Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas.

States Missing

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


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