Search The 1890 U.S. Census & Find Your Ancestors
The U.S. census records are a robust resource for tracing your family history, however, a limited portion remains of the U.S. census records of 1890 due to a fire in 1921. Only 1,233 pages of the Census survived. Find out if records on your ancestors survived the fire and search the remaining 1890 Census records.
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1890 Census Records Online
Censuses offer a window into the pasts of your ancestors. The practice of taking a census on a nationwide basis dates back to 1790. With some exceptions, this information has been well-preserved.
GenealogyBank provides 1890 census records online in digital form, enabling you to unveil your family’s history.
Jump into your family history and search the 1890 census with just a few clicks. If you’re ready to construct your family tree, the 1890 census database has the information you need.
1890 Census Records Online
Federal censuses have been taken since 1790. The most recent publicly available census is 1890. A long history of census records means that the family researcher has a wealth of information to work from.
For acquiring basic information about your family and where they lived, the 1890 Federal census is an excellent place to start.
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- Names – Look up the names of your ancestors and who they were married to. This can help to trace your ancestors as they move across the country, as well as uncovering ancestors you never knew about.
- Birthplaces – Is your family on the move? United States census records 1890 provide information on birthplaces and may even offer insights into where a person’s parents were born.
- Relatives – The 1890 US census includes information on everyone who resided within a household. Relatives like grandparents, cousins, and even adopted children may appear on a census.
- Immigration – Find out more about your heritage with the1890 census searchable database. These documents shed light on your ancestors’ immigration and naturalization history.
- Neighborhood Makeup – The United States census 1890 can help to build up a picture of where your ancestors lived and the type of neighborhood it was.
To create a picture of your family tree and uncover a launchpad for further research, perform a GenealogyBank 1890 census search now.
How to Search the United States Census 1890
Begin your search for an ancestor within the annals of the 1890 US census. With the help of GenealogyBank, you can traverse centuries of US history within a matter of seconds. The first step is to choose an ancestor to search for. With GenealogyBank, all you need to do is enter your ancestor’s first and last names. You’ll instantly see census results for your specific census.
However, for a successful 1890 census search you need to narrow down your results. Follow these steps to get more accurate results.
Step One – Enter the full name of your ancestor, including any middle names or initials they might have.
Step Two – Include some keywords, such as the location your ancestor lived in. For earlier censuses, you can add the state in which they lived, but the more information you have, the better.
Step Three – Exclude certain keywords if you know specific pieces of information don’t apply to your ancestor.
Step Four – Change the search order of your census results. GenealogyBank allows you to filter your results. This is especially important if you have less information on your ancestor, or they had a common last name.
Tips for a Successful 1890 Census Search
There is an art to extracting the most information from 1890 census records online. Census records vary in their accuracy. As a result, when you search the 1890 Federal census, implement these tips for a successful search. Read More
Here are some advanced tips for a 1890 census search by name:
- Search individually for each ancestor. Census records may differ between people even in the same household. This could yield additional important information.
- Search for common misspellings or even common nicknames. Old censuses often lacked accuracy, particularly if your ancestors were illiterate.
- Look up entries for the neighbors of your ancestors. It can shed light on the migratory heritage of your family.
Finally, make sure you use any census records you find as a platform for further research.
The Value of Our 1890 Census Database
Our census database has been fully digitized with the original records direct from the United States Census Bureau.
You have access to millions of census records at your fingertips. There’s no easier way to build your family tree and construct the history of this great nation and the role your ancestors played in it.
GenealogyBank records cover more than 330 years of US history. In a world where official records were few and people slipped into the mists of time, censuses are the one constant. Since 1790, a census has been taken every ten years. With some notable exceptions, the vast majority of records have survived up until the present day. Go back to the beginning of the American Experiment. Using the US census records should be your initial starting point for family research. They contain valuable information that can help you complete your genealogy project.
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1890 Census Facts
- Population: 62,979,766 — a 25.5% increase from the 1880 Census
- Census Date: June 2, 1890
- Census Date Released: 1962
- Number of States Participating: 42
- US Territories Participating: U.S. Territories Participating: Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, and Oklahoma
- Data Lost: Yes — majority damaged or lost in a 1921 fire
1890 Census Questions Asked
- Home address
- Number of family members
- Number of people and families living in the home
- Name - full name and middle initial
- Relationship to head of the family
- Military service during the Civil War
- Age & sex
- Color (race)
- Place of birth
- Place of birth for mother and father
- Naturalization & language spoken
- Occupation, profession, or trade
- Unemployment details
- Literacy status
- Health status
Despite the limited remaining census data, you can also search the 1880 Census and 1900 Census to find your ancestors.
Notable Events Between 1880-1890:
- North and South Dakota, Montana and Washington became states in November 1889
- 400 street lamps and 85 customers in NYC received electrical power in NYC in 1882
- In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC
- The Oklahoma Land Rush began in 1888 - over 50,000 settlers rushed to claim land
- In 1886 the Johnstown Flood killed over 2,200 people - known as the deadliest flood in American history.
- The infamous O.K. Corral gunfight took place in Tombstone, AZ in 1881
Using the census records and other genealogy records including U.S. newspaper archives you can uncover unknown information about your family history.