United States Census 1890 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a name-searchable index and images with partial records of people living in the United States in 1890. Much of the 1890 Census was destroyed by fire. This collection is for remaining population schedules in the states of Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. This was the eleventh national census of the United States. The first census was in 1790.


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What Can I Learn from Census Records?


These records may include:

  • Town/city, county and state in which census was taken
  • Enumeration date of census
  • House number and family number
  • Name of head of household
  • Name of all persons living in household
  • Gender and race of each person in household
  • Age prior to June 1st of 1880
  • Month of birth if born in 1880
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Marital status of each person (single, married, widowed or divorced)
  • Note if married during census year
  • Occupation of each member of household
  • Note if each member of household can read and write
  • Place of birth for each member of household
  • Place of birth of father of each member of household
  • Place of birth of mother of each member of household
  • Film, page and entry numbers



How Can Census Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the age and residence to locate the family in church and land records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur


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