Many states took their own censuses in between the federal ones. While not every state has a state census, enough of them do that there is a good chance at least one branch of your family will appear in one. Mos state census records were done in years ending in the number 5, which is the mid-point from one federal census to another. However, some state censuses will appear at other years ending in different numbers.
Look at your state archives, or such well-known genealogy websites as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com. Both of these sites have large, indexed collections of state census records. Some states even have more than one state census. Look for state census records taken between 1880 and 1900. If you find your ancestors in them, it may answer a lot of unanswered questions from the gap in the federal census.
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Originally posted 2019-03-17 13:49:11.