New York Census Records
New York Census Notes
Federal New York Census Records were taken every decade beginning in 1790. They are available to the public for census years 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
1890 Federal New York Census Records were destroyed in a 1921 warehouse fire with the exception of some small fragments of Suffolk and Westchester Counties. See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gap.
The 1890 Veterans and Widows census schedules for New York state did survive and are often used as a helpful census substitute. See 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.
Soundex code (phonetic indexes) for New York Federal census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, and 1920.
New York State Census Records Availability - Due to the high volume of immigration, the state of New York took a census enumeration every 10 years between 1825 and 1875, then again in 1892, 1905, 1915 and 1925. NY state censuses taken before 1915 are kept at the county level. Contact the County Clerk in the county of interest to ask where the originals are held for that county. The 1865 & 1875 NY state census records included schedules which recorded marriages and deaths occurring in the census year. These may prove helpful if you are lucky enough to have ancestors who had these events occur during the census year. Most of the New York state census records are not indexed. Some of these early NY state censuses are available online at New York State Census Collection at Ancestry. For more helpful information about these early NY censuses See More New York State Census Records Info.
Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online. This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.
New York Census Records
On CD ROM
New York Census Records &
New York Vital Records
New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Phone: (518) 474-3077
Info Line: (518) 474-3038
NY Vital Record Databases
The Barber Collection
Newspapers & Obituaries
US Census Records
FREE Genealogy Tools
Statewide New York Census Records Online
Other NY Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
NY Census Records Online by County
Albany County Census Records
(Formed 1683 - Original County.)
1683-1689 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany - Fantastic resource!
Allegany County Census Records
(Formed 1806 from Genesee County.)
Bronx County Census Records
(Formed 1914 from New York City Lands.)
Broome County Census Records
(Formed 1806 from Tioga County.)
Cattaraugus County Census Records
(Formed 1808 from Genesee County.)
Herkimer County Census St. Lawrence County Census Wayne County Census
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