This week, the view from the Allyn Room focuses on the 1890s. Two years ago, The Geauga County Genealogical Society and the Allyn Room partnered to create a substitute Geauga County 1890 U.S. Federal Census. The county census, along with most of the 1890 Federal Census, was destroyed by a fire in the U.S. Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. in 1921. Genealogists rely on the Federal Census, taken every 10 years, to track ancestors’ locations, birth dates and places, family members and other pertinent facts. Teeter “Jeannette” Grosvenor, age 93, leads a team researching old tax lists, the 1880 and 1900 Censuses, birth, death, cemetery, marriage and other records to figure out who was here in 1890. If your Geauga County ancestors are “lost” in the twenty year gap from 1880 to 1900, you can check the “1890 census returns” already available in a binder in the Allyn Room. Burton Village, plus the following townships are completed: Burton, Claridon, Hambden, Huntsburg, Munson, Parkman and Troy. Other townships will be added to the binder as completed. Pickaway is the only other Ohio county known to have completed an in-depth 1890 Census substitute.

Two different GCPL genealogy classes this fall will feature the new Geauga 1890 Census substitute:

  1. Undiscovered NE Ohio genealogy treasures at the Middlefield Branch, Thurs., Sept. 7, 10 a.m.
  2. The Anderson Allyn Room: What’s in it for you? at the Chardon Branch, Thurs., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. 

You can also learn how to look up your ancestor’s U.S. census records in Introduction to Ancestry Library Version and Familysearch.org at the Middlefield Branch, Thurs., Sept. 21, 10 a.m. 

Cheryl McClellan is a genealogist at the Chardon Branch. She is currently reading Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan.
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