AF-023: What Happened to the 1890 Census, and What You Can Use to Fill in Its Blanks
The 1890 census is a source of constant consternation to genealogists. The United States has taken a national census every 10 years since 1790. Up until 1840, only the names of heads of households were recorded, along with the number of everyone of each gender who fell into certain age groups. It was harder to trace families with earlier censuses, but not impossible. Beginning with the 1850 census, the names and ages of everyone in the household were recorded. This was a vast improvement, and new information on each family member was added with each census year…
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