“It’s there staring you in the face as you look over the records you’ve collected for your ancestor; it’s a gap in your research that’s taunting you. Yes, it’s the dreaded 1890 census gap. U.S. Censuses from 1900 to 1930 are full of rich details that really help us flesh out our family trees. But as we move back beyond the turn of the century, we need to become a little more resourceful when it comes to that twenty-year span between the 1880 and the 1900 censuses.”
This article has some great ideas about other resources that can be used to find and identify ancestors in the U.S. between the 1880 and 1900 census. It’s definitely worth a read.