The 1890 U.S. Census records were destroyed by fire on January 10, 1921.
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Family Group Sheet: This sheet is what we use to keep track of family data. It features references for each piece of information that is placed on a worksheet. Since the end result of your research efforts will be to compile complete, correct and connected families, the use of family group sheets from the beginning will make the compilation much easier.
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Federal Census records are available to the public 72 years after they are taken.
When it comes to spelling variations, be creative. Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with languages used in their port of entry. The surname was written down as the official heard it and the immigrant accepted that as the official American rendering of his name.