The 1890 census was lost when part of it was destroyed and Congress decided to destroy the rest of it. Go figure!
Ancestry.com has indexed and linked the images for the U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895.
You will note that the time period fits the 1890 loss. And let me tell you about the contents of this census–entries are 3 full frames of information:
- Date and place of marriage, previous relationship of parties, and any other details relating to the marriage.
- Offspring–number of children of the marriage, number who are deaf, number died in infancy, other details of the children: names, dates and places of birth, causes of death, ages at death, where possible.
- Details relating to the husband–parentage including name of father and name of mother, related before marriage, other details about the parents.
- Brothers and sisters–full names and dates of birth, birth order, number deaf, number who died young (under two years), other details.
- Other relatives–deaf relatives, relationships, and names.
- Person deaf or hearing–age when deafness occurred, cause, attended school or institution, residence when admitted, age at admittance, years of instruction, occupation.
- Details relating to wife–parentage: names of father and mother, related before marriage, other details.
- Brothers and sisters–full names and dates of birth, birth order.
- Other relatives–born deaf, those who could hear, those who died young (under two years), relationships of those deaf.
- Person deaf or hearing, age when deafness occurred, cause of deafness, attended school or institution, residence when admitted, age at admittance, years of instruction, present residence, occupation.
- Date of information and signature of informant.
Until you search the record, you may have no idea if any member of your family could be listed in this timely census. Think of all the delicious details recorded for each person and his/her family. Your favorite New York genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com
PS While Samuel H. Kee and Mary Halpren were married in New York and residents of New York, this census covered all of the United States. Check it out.