Many family researchers have learned that most of the 1890 Federal census records were lost forever in a fire. This has brought a lot of frustration as folks trace their ancestors.
But in many instances, there are helpful substitutes for the missing census records. On a recent trip to the NYS Library in Albany, I found an 1892 enumeration of the inhabitants of Scipio (NYS census). At ten cents a page, I copied the microfilm for Scipio and placed a copy in our History Corner at Scipio Town Hall.
I haven't indexed it yet, but here are some random names whose families are still in the area in 2008 (some misspellings are entirely my fault):
Edward Hoskins and his family Fannie, Harriet, Hattie June and Ray.
Joseph Flynn and Catherine, Elizabeth, Harry J. and Mary.
John and Elizabeth Knox.
Ezra Howell and Clara M., Monroe and Ernest.
William Wyant and Jane, Joseph and Arthur.
Daniel Colling and Eliza, John, Emma, Maggie, William, Jennie, Edward and Florence. Interestingly, we have Maggie Colling's autograph book on display, given to her about the time of this census when she was 16.
The census goes on to show Clarke, Weeks, Wheat, Welch, Allen, Peckham, Hitchcock and many more familiar names. Stop by and check it out!