During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following are questions asked and The Genealogy Center staff's responses.

Was the 1890 census destroyed?

The majority of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire. Only 1% of the records are still in existence.

What are the alternatives for the 1890 census?

Many possibilities exist for locating people in this crucial time period, most especially city and county directories, and tax lists.