As genealogists, we know that the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed in a fire and does not exist. We must make use of other sources to put together our story. Since this tax valuation was published in 1892, I neglected to realize the contribution this book could make to my research.
I knew my early Jones family members lived on the banks of the Ohio River behind St. Rose Church. You can read about it here. Years ago I researched this property. I knew that Nancy Torrence had inherited this property from her father, George Torrence. My ancestors lived on Lot 10 and she had donated Lot 11 to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for St. Rose Church. I believed that she continued to own this land and that my relatives were renters. I did not immediately recognize, therefore, that the 1892 Tax Valuation would have a lot of relevance for me. THAT ASSUMPTION WAS SO WRONG!
In 1892, my g-grandparents, Charles Henry and Rachel Adela Jones, owned a two-family home on Gladstone (then called Fulton) that had a land value of $380 and a building value of $1220. The total value of both properties is very close ($1740 vs. $1600) but the values are reversed.
There was one more surprise. Cincinnati City Directories list Rachel's mother, Mary Elizabeth Wainright, as living in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, probably taking care of the children. Rachel died of "consumption" in 1892. I knew when my great-grandfather remarried eight years after his wife's death, his mother-in-law took up residence in a home she owned around the corner on Collins (then Woodburn). Despite the listing of her residence on Gladstone, the tax records showed that she also owned the property on Collins.
Although I've not been able to find a picture of this home, I know that the lot was only 30' across the front and that, typical of its time, there was no indoor plumbing.
Given what I was able to learn about my family from a year when there was no census, you may want to consider this resource. What's especially great is that all of this research can be completed with your laptop in a recliner (at least that's how I did mine). Enjoy!