Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

25/2/2007

Genealogy: 1790 census destroyed by fire when British invaded

If you take a beginning genealogy course you will often learn, as I did many years ago, that the 1790 census was destroyed by fire when the British invaded Washington D.C., during the War of 1812. But is this explanation true, or one of the myths of genealogy? Some believe that the early censuses were actually lost at the state level and not burned by the British. They point to the law that was in effect at the time and to a 1909 government publication for their evidence. for more click here

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