The 72-year wait is finally over. The 1940 U.S. Federal Census for New York is indexed and ready to search for free on Ancestry.com – 13 million records.
New York began taking formal state censuses in 1825. This census, taken 16 February 1892, is particularly significant because the 1890 U.S. Federal Census was destroyed by fire.
The 1915 New York census took place during an era of heavy immigration: between the 1910 and 1920 Federal Censuses, the state would add almost 1.3 million inhabitants.
This collection includes more than 11 million records, including enumeration of the Onondaga Indian Reservation. Details like permanent residence, name, color, nativity, citizenship and occupation were collected.
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1940 U.S. Federal Census, NY NEW!
NY State Census, 1915 NEW!
NY State Census, 1925 NEW!
NY State Census, 1892 NEW!
Albany, New York State Census, 1915
Menands, New York, Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011
New York Marriages, 1600-1784
New York Military Equipment Claims, War of 1812
New York, Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1830-1920
New York, Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865
New York, World War I Veterans' Service Data, 1913-1919
New York, WWII Enlisted Men Cards, 1940-1945 NEW!
Salina, New York, Records, 1805-1969
U.S. Census Mortality Schedules, New York, 1850-1880
U.S. Census Non-Population Schedules, New York, 1850-1880
U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes
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