Most of the original 1890 Census (including Greene County, Missouri) was destroyed by fire and resulting water damage. A group of OGS volunteers has been working for years to fill the research void with a substitute census using other contemporary records.
To date, we have transcribed over 20,000 names from seven different, local 1890 documents. Some of these names will be duplicates because a person may have been listed in multiple documents such as the County Directory and the Tax List. Research indicates the original 1890 United States Census of Greene County had 48,616 residents, which means that we have identified less than half of those recorded residents. Our current step in the transcription project is to compare the 1880 and 1900 census records and match them to the 1890 residents we have identified so far. We are looking for any additional family members that might have been in the household in 1890 to round out our reconstructed census records. At the same time that we are making these comparisons we are also attempting to clean up the duplicate entries we have for an individual that were identified in multiple documents.
This is a major project requiring significant volunteer time and effort. We have a small yet devoted volunteer crew, but we can always use more active participants and would welcome anyone that might be interested. If you would like to join us to help complete the final sections of the alphabet and get us across the finish line even sooner, please contact Charisse Cameron at 417-830-1290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.