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Only a small fragment of the 1890 general population census is available today as most of the 1890 census was
"destroyed by a fire"
The surviving 1890 census states are only available for parts of Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. The loss of the 1890 census is a grave one for those interested in genealogy, so efforts have been made to find substitutes for the 1890 census.
The 1890 veterans census is used as an 1890 census substitute census.
City directories are often used as an 1890 census substitutes.
Where can I find the 1890 U.S. Census?
Ancestry.com 1890 United States Federal Census
All the surviving census, which includes only 6,160 people, has been digitized and indexed by Ancestry. You can view the transcribed names, location, and numbers of family members for free. Images are available for a fee.
Fully indexed. Search by name and / or state.
Can't find someone in your census search?
Some names may seem misspelled in the census index. Search phoenetically or search by sound-a-like surname variations.
Transcribed Census Records
Some of the 1890 census may have been transcribed and placed on the internet.
Search by name, county, state and/or year.
Search for U.S. census transcriptions on websites across the internet including the U.S. GenWeb Projects.
Most of this census was destroyed and only portions of the census survive for the states of Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas.