Original records for a number of states including Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, and Virginia were lost in the decades following 1790.
Also, nearly a third of the original census data from all the states has been destroyed. This includes records from Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont.
On January 8, 1790, George Washington, the decorated general and first U.S. president delivered the the first State of the Union speech, setting a precedent that all presidents would continue annually.
Just a few months later, the first U.S. Census was taken to determine congressional representation for the following Congresses.
The census started as merely statistical numbers, and evolved over the years to gather detailed information about a household's family history.