General Information


Over 99 percent of the 1890 census was destroyed as a result of a fire which took place in January 1921 in Washington, DC. A special census listing was extracted from the 1890 population schedules for surviving Union soldiers, sailors, and marines (or their widows), and a portion of that special census survives.


Content of 1890 Union Veterans Census


The schedules listed the name of each soldier, sailor, marine, or widow of a veteran in a household; the veteranís rank; company; regiment or vessel; dates of enlistment and discharge; length of service in years, months, and days; post office address; nature of disability, if any; and remarks.


Census losses


Of the forty-nine states and territories enumerated in 1890, sixteen of the statesí Union Veteransí schedules (alphabetically from Alabama to Kansas) were apparently lost in the fire, as were about half of the names for Kentucky. State listings begin with the partial list for Kentucky and are complete from Louisiana to Wyoming.




The National Archives and Records Administration microfilm for the fragments of the 1890 census is contained on 3 rolls of 35mm film, series M407. An index to the surviving names of the 1890 census was compiled and microfilmed on 2 rolls of 16mm film, series M496.


The 1890 Special Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War were microfilmed on 118 rolls of 35mm film, series M123.


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