Genealogy: 1890 U.S. federal census tutorial

1890 masheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1890 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1890 U.S. federal census
  • Search the census substitutes
  • Search the 1890 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1890 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1890 census

1890 resourcesClick on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

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Genealogy: 1890 Census birth year reference chart

census birth yearBy Barry J. Ewell
As you track your ancestor through the U.S. Federal Population Censuses, you can use age to help you

  • Identify individual members of the family
  • Provide clues to confirm I have the right person/family unit as you search each census
  • Provide clues as to relationship in the family
  • Provide clues if I have the right female when surnames change through marriage
  • Provide clues when people use nicknames and other name variations from one census to the next

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