Newspapsers.com, part of the Ancestry family of companies, has a blog, Fishwrap. They posted a story about the destruction of the US 1890 census destruction. While many of us may be aware that virtually all of it was destroyed, by two different fires we may not be aware and Congress decades later ordered the destruction of the damaged records. The 1890 census was the first US census to gather data on a separate schedule for each family, including questions about race, immigration and naturalization, the number of children born and living and service related to the Civil War.
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Thank you to Teven Laxer, member IAJGS Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing the article with us.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee