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Sunday, February 12, 2012

State Census Substitutes for 1890 Federal Census

One subject that came up more than once while I was at RootsTech was using State Census Records as a substitute for the 1890 Census.

One of the great things about going to RootsTech is hanging out with folks who are as obsessed with genealogy as you are.  I met a gentleman at one of the lunches who was having a problem tracking an ancestor in Wisconsin. I suggested he check out the Wisconsin State Census but could not remember exactly which years it covered. Thanks to the free WiFi at the conference and my iPhone I was able to find the years for him before lunch was over.

Later that day I was at a booth and a woman was bemoaning the loss of the 1890 Federal Census. I asked if she had checked to see if the state she was researching had a State Census she could use instead. I was surprised that she had not checked.

Based on these two conversations I thought I would share my 'Cheat Sheet' of States that have a State Census that may help cover the gap between 1880 and 1900.

State Census

Colorado - 1885
Florida - 1885, 1895
Indiana - 1883, 1889
Iowa - 1885, 1895
Kansas - 1885, 1895
Michigan - 1884, 1894
Minnesota - 1895
Nebraska - 1885
New Jersey - 1895
New Mexico - Territorial Census 1885
New York - 1892
Oregon - 1885, 1895
Rhode Island - 1885
South Dakota - 1895 (limited)
Tennessee - 1891
Washington - 1891, 1892, 1898
Wisconsin - 1885, 1895

Please let me know if you have found other State Substitute Records for the 1890 Federal Census.

Take Care,
Pattie

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