We all "know" that the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire at the Commerce Department in January, 1921. But do we know the whole story of the 1890 census?
The 1890 census was in trouble long before that tragic night in 1921. The Superintendent of the Census, one R.P. Porter, had to constantly defend his work against charges that the 1890 enumeration was "illegal," "fraudulently," "a waste of taxpayers money," and "inaccurate." These allegations came from all corners of the country.
What caused the fire? Could it have been sparked by the thirty years of controversy?
Starting Wednesday, August 29, at GeneaBlogie: The Story of the 1890 Census