Substitute for 1890 US Census in Oakland County, Michigan

29 Feb

If your ancestor lived in Oakland County around 1890, you will be interested in checking out the work of the Oakland County Genealogical Society here: http://www.ocgsmi.org/1890%20Oakland%20County%20Michigan%20Census%20Substitute

OCGS volunteers (yes, me too) have created indexes to the tax assessment rolls for the following areas in Oakland County, Michigan:

1884, 1890 & 1894 Brandon Township

1884, 1890 & 1894 Orion Township

1886 Avon Township

OCGS is actively seeking to borrow tax assessment rolls from additional locations in Oakland County, if you can help with this aspect of the project please let me know.The records will be scanned by the society and then indexed and made available for free to researchers at the above site. The city or township will then receive a CD of the scanned records.

Why is this project so important? The 1890 US Census was largely destroyed and mostly unavailable to genealogical researchers. When someone is tracking their ancestors, they must leap from 1880 to 1900 in the censuses and so much can happen in twenty years. By indexing the tax assessment rolls, family historians can pinpoint their ancestor’s location during those years and then can locate other records. It is vital in research to try and ascertain your family’s exact location.

OCGS would like to have all of Oakland County available to researchers.

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