Compensating for NYC census records--1890 #general


Sabra Waldfogel <sawaldfogel@...>
 

Getting census data for 1890 bedevils anyone who is doing research on
that decade. The national census records were lost in a fire and are
only fragmentary. One way to fill in the gap is to use the Manhattan
city directory. Forerunner to the telephone directory, it lists the name
and occupation of every person at a particular address, and it was
published yearly or ever other year. You would be able to see any
address changes or changes in marital status. I don't recall that it
lists children's names, but it might. It's usually alphabetical by name.
The directories are readily available in NYC area libraries and through
the LDS' Family History Centers on microfilm.

Sabra Waldfogel
Minnesota

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