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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

THE FIRE THAT SANK A CENSUS

The 1890 census was mostly destroyed by a 1921 fire at the Census Bureau (and by the damage done by attempts to contain the fire). Here’s the complete story of that fire and its aftermath:

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NOTE: The article notes that records of 6,120 households from a number of different states did survive the burning of the census, and are indexed

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