The 1890 U.S. census included a survey of Union Vets
from the Civil War - these schedules survive, which
is probalby why this form is posted. (A census of
Confederate Veterans was conducted in 1907.)
Also, per Anne's recommendation: "The 1890 census was
the only one (until 1970) to use a 'family schedule'--
a separate schedule for each family enuerated. On
the two sides of the schedule there was room to
enumerate ten family members. If the family was
larger than that, two schedules were used." - From
the Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, by Val
D. Greenwood, 2nd Edition (1990), p. 214. This
source includes an image of an 1890 blank form - I'll
scan that and post it. This form would be great to
include in our introduction.
The above explains why, even though a sheet of from
Columbus survives, it only includes one family. I
believe the surname was LEWIS, but it has probably
been fifteen years since I looked at it, so I will
have to go and get a photocopy of it at the library.
This may also explain why this census was lost when
the only copy was burned in Washington D.C. I
believe other censuses had been kept in ledgers,
which were then copied and sent to Washington, while
the originals were kept at the local level. Some
county courthouses still have their census ledgers
Kemis - I followed the links to Ancestry that you
posted, but the images did not come up. I will try
on my other computer when I'm in my office and see if
that makes a difference.
I suspect we should set up a separate group for the
project, since it's off-topic from Clapp's Factory.
That way, anyone who wants to volunteer can join that
and folks who aren't involved won't have all that
I have some thoughts on how we should proceed that
I'll hold on to until we have a separate forum set up.
Thanks again -