Douglas County required school censuses of families with school-age children to help determine public school funding needs. Typically, these school censuses list each family with school age-children and their ages. The Douglas County History Research Center has records covering many years spanning the 1870s-1950s. These records can provide critical clues for the period of 1880-1900, since the 1890 census was destroyed by fire. If you are interested in volunteering on this project, please contact us.