The 1890 U.S. population census can be a real problem for genealogists, given that 99.9% of it was destroyed in a fire in 1921. For most researchers, that means a 20-year gap between the 1880 census and the next available census (1900). Filling in that gap generally means making use of “substitute” records—that is, other records of genealogical value that can provide some of the information that would have been provided by the missing census.
One such record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) is:
St. Louis, Missouri Directories, 1890
It is actually a transcription of the St. Louis city directories for 1889 and 1890, and includes the names of over 330,800 people, most of them employed adults. You can search for particular persons, naturally, but you can also do general searches for persons working in particular occupations:
SEARCH—OCCUPATION barber 1,187 hits
Note: It doesn’t seem to matter whether you use quotation marks or mark it Exact; I got the same results regardless while doing these occupation searches.
I got the following results for the following occupations:
artist 135 hits
baker 927 hits
carpenter 4,752 hits
dairy 343 hits
driver 3,425 hits
fireman 1,054 hits
jockey 3 hits
midwife 279 hits
nurse 102 hits
physician 712 hits
police 642 hits
restaurant 149 hits
saloon 1,132 hits
teacher 1,377 hits
While the utility of these occupation searches for genealogists may be limited, they should prove valuable for students and local historians.
You can also do a Keyword search for widow (12,730 hits).
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.