1890 Georgia tax digests online as census substitute
By Kenneth H. Thomas Jr.
For the AJC
The loss of the U.S. census returns for 1890 due to a fire in 1921 in the U.S. Commerce Department building has been a major drawback in doing genealogical research.
In Georgia, one of the important substitutes for this has been Georgia's tax digests for 1890, housed at the Georgia Archives. These exist whether the county in question had a loss of county records after 1890, such as Twiggs County did. Ancestry.com has scanned and indexed these as "Georgia 1890 Property Tax Digests," and they are now searchable on Ancestry.com's subscription site, available free at the Georgia and National Archives as well as the central public library in your county.