Source Information

Jensen, Howard and Kristi Brown, comp. New York City Police Census, 1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
Original data: City census records on file in the Family History Library under microfilm #1304777, #1304781, and #1309970.

About New York City Police Census, 1890

Following the federal census of 1890, officials of New York City thought federal enumerators had failed to give a true account of city residents. As a result, between September 19th and October 14th of that year, an enumeration of the 24 assembly districts of New York County was taken by policemen of the city. This census produced 1,008 books and 13 percent more residents than the federal enumeration. Of those 1,008 books, only 894 are still available. This updated version of a previously posted database is an index to nine additional books, for a total of 26 police census books (58-61, 953-966, 969, 971-972, 977, 980, 982-983, 990), and adds the names of more than 5,000 people. Information provided includes each resident's name, gender, and age. The book and page number from the original is also given with each entry. Abbreviations in the age column are "M" for months, "W" for weeks, and "D" for days.

This update includes books 2, 5, 6, and 7, in addition to the books previously published in this database. Those previously posted books include: 58, 59, 60, 61, 953, 954, 955, 956, 957, 958, 959, 960, 961, 962, 963, 964, 965, 966, 969, 971, 972, 977, 980, 982, 983, and 990. These constitute 26 of the 894 extant books; 114 books are missing, and most of the original books do not have pages numbered. When consulting the original, read page 1 as the first page with names on it in each book. The books are public records and can be found in the Family History Library, under the following microfilm numbers #1304781, #1309970, and #1304777.