Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG
Aug 25, 2021
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
1m 27s
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Introduction
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Questions asked
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The First Fire
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Census substitutes
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Announcements/prizes
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Questions/answers
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About this webinar

Most genealogists are aware the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921. Learn the story behind this historical and genealogical tragedy and how to research around the loss of that precious record.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. She is immediate past president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter and has served three terms on the Minnesota Gen
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  1. Ann Monson
    2 months ago

    I’d like to get a copy of the syllabus. Can I get it without joining? For Elizabeth’s program on 1890 census.

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    • Geoff Rasmussen
      2 months ago

      Hi Ann – the syllabus materials are a webinar membership benefit. Information about membership is found at https://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/memberships-c11.php.

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    Brent Meredith
    2 months ago

    Was looking forward to watching this video, don’t usually have opportunity/time to. Said it was free through 9/1/2021, but it stopped after the speakers introduction and asked me to join if I wanted to watch the rest of it.

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    • Geoff Rasmussen
      2 months ago

      Brent, try it now. You should be able to watch it. -Marian

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    Diane Siddons
    2 months ago

    What an awesome presentation!!!! Gave me a lot of ideas!!!

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    G. H.
    2 months ago

    Just a correction: The Michigan State Census of 1894 is not complete. Several counties are missing including Wayne County.

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    • Geoff Rasmussen
      2 months ago

      Thanks!

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    Norm Talbot
    2 months ago

    Excellent presentation.

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    Sandra Limpert
    2 months ago

    Very informative. I knew I missed the 1890 but after finding what’s all in it, I really, really miss it.

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    Jean Tempke
    2 months ago

    Excellent webinar! It was fascinating to see the photos of the damage and the newspaper reports from the time, plus I hadn’t realized that punch cards were being used that long ago.

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    Robin E Yarzab
    2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of the destruction of the 1890 U.S. Census. What a catastrophic event! The lack of attempts to recover the documents is so very, very sad. But, as historians always say, one cannot move forward to the future without learning from the past. With the establishments of 40 sites for archives, it appears that we have learned a very valuable lesson from the past.

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