The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Beginning U.S. genealogists soon learn that the 1890 census records were destroyed in a fire in the basement of the Commerce Building on January 10, 1921. Many people who would like to see these records just shrug their shoulders and move on.
However, not all of the records were destroyed. In fact, census fragments for 1890 in several states survived and are available now.
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