Genealogists don't usually research their families long before they discover
that the US Census of 1890 no longer exists. It was heavily damaged during
a fire in 1921 and ordered to be destroyed thirteen years later by the Census
Bureau. Years later, a very small portion of the census was discovered to
have eluded destruction, unfortunately, this did not include Tarrant
Since the census is such an important tool in tracing migration and residence
patterns of our ancestors, we felt that the gap created by this missing document
must be filled by another tool of equal value. In September 1990, the Fort
Worth Genealogical Society began a project to construct such a tool.
This publication is intended to provide to you a means to establish the
fact that a person or family resided in Tarrant County in or about the year
1890. Many people have worked on this project over the years gathering more
than 131,000 records from fifteen source from that time period and entering
them into the computer. This CD includes three indexes that combine
all of this information into an easily searchable format.
A problem with the soundex calculator forced us to remove spaces and
punctuation from names like De Witt, O'Leary, Mc Dowell, St. Clair and etc.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but this was
necessary to correct the problem.