April 30, 2017
1890 US Federal Census Work-Arounds
We all have those ancestors who seem to disappear between 1880 and 1900 somewhere in the United States. Have you ever muttered in frustration, "why did the 1890 Census have to burn!" A number of my ancestors arrived during those years and finding them and their families proves difficult.
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time with Joao Pereira Rodrigues, my Great-Grandfather who inconveniently arrived in Boston in 1888 from the Azores. It would be twelves years before he appears on the US Federal Census as a lodger on Temple Street in Boston. But where has he been for twelve years? Who did he stay with when he first arrived? How did he end up in Boston? Without the 1890 Census, the answers to these questions will have to be found in other sources. Read more.