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Idaho 1890: A Reconstructed Census

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Pioneers on ferry

Pioneers on ferry

Photo Credit: Idaho State Archives

As many researchers who work with U. S. census records know, 1890 federal population schedules were destroyed in a Washington D.C. fire in the 1920s. Millions of individuals and their families disappeared into the twenty-year gap in federal records created by that disaster.

The Idaho State Historical Society created Idaho, 1890 with the goal of filling that gap for Idaho researchers. Using federal, state, and local government records, local newspapers, and materials published in nationally distributed genealogical publications, we have attempted to identify as many persons as possible who resided in Idaho from 1885-1894.

Selected records from Ada, Alturas, Bear Lake, Boise, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Idaho, Latah, Logan, Oneida, Owyhee, Shoshone and Washington counties have been indexed.  All counties except Latah are combined in the first two-thirds of the document and are alphabetized by last name. The Latah County group is alphabetized by last name and begins on page 1810 of the file.

Most entries in Idaho, 1890 are fairly straight-forward. Persons residing in Idaho between the years 1885 and 1894 are listed by last and first names. Names listed more than once indicate more than one type of record exists.  The records where each person appears are identified by county and record type. When the first names of men, women, or children are not provided, the unknown names are indicated by bracketed question marks, "[–?–]."

If you find a name on the list and would like a copy of the original record, please contact the State Archives to learn more about our research services. 

View the file below:

Idaho 1890 reconstructed census file.