Researching AROUND the Missing 1890 Census | 1890 FRAGMENTS in Genealogy

Researching AROUND  the Missing 1890 Census | 1890 FRAGMENTS in Genealogy



Do you think the 1890 US Census was destoryed by fire? You are only partially correct. Lisa Lisson explains more. Additionally, the entire census wasn’t destroyed, you’ll watch to find out more.

RESOURCES USED IN VIDEO
Basement fire damage – photo courtesy of US Census Bureau

Priceless Census Records Licked Up by Angry Flames in Commerce Building Fire
– Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) 11 Jan 1921, Page 1. (available through Newspapers.com)

Watson, Thomas S., Associated Press. “Hidden History: Fire in 1921 destroyed most of 1890 census,” The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)03 Dec 1995, Page 2. (available through Newspapers.com)

Gehrett, Les. “Albany genealogists try to recreate 1890 census,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon) 14 Jun 2000, Page 3. (available through Newspapers.com)

ADDITIONAL READING:

The 1890 Census Fragments

31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips – The 1890 Census Fragments

The 1890 Census – How To Research the “Genealogy Black Hole” Part 1

The 1890 Census – How To Research the “Genealogy Black Hole” Part 1

The 1890 Census – Researching AROUND the “Genealogy Black Hole” – Part 2

The 1890 Census – Researching AROUND the “Genealogy Black Hole” – Part 2

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7 Comments

  1. QUESTION OF THE DAY: Are you one of the lucky ones who have ancestors still listed in the 1890 Census Fragments? Tell us YES (and who) or NO (dang it).

  2. Thanks for the information; I did not realize anything from the 1890 collection survived.

  3. Kevin Call says:

    Hey Lisa,

    I think my mom told me that birth records, marriage records, and death records were burned down in the 1800s and the 1700s which could affect many people in their research and which is sad. But some of them were saved in the family history library were saved in Salt Lake City. Maybe DNA could help you who are your ancestors are I think.

  4. I have a very interesting story of how I found my great-great grandmother's parents. She was born in 1881 and married in 1899 so there are no surviving records of her with her parents. And when she married the parents names were not on the marriage record. She died after 1954 so there was her death record is not public and later when I found where she was buried she does not have a grave stone so Findagrave would not have helped in the search.

  5. I think some people that can’t find ancestors around the 1890 census is because an ancestor was adopted before the census and a DNA test would be needed to help narrow down possible people.

  6. I love this channel. Devon. Andy and Caleb all do such a great job of answering genealogy questions in such way that I can understand – especially the DNA questions. Thanks Andy!!

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