Essential Reading: Census Research

New York State Census Records Online

This guide provides an overview of every New York state census, what kind of information can be found within each one, and where researchers can search New York state censuses online. By using both federal censuses (administered by the U.S. Government every ten years beginning in 1790) and state censuses (administered by the State of New York every ten years beginning in 1825), one could theoretically locate a family every five years, creating a fantastic framework for further research and uncovering a lot of useful information in the process.  Read the guide.

New York State Substitutes for the Lost 1890 Census

Many family history researchers are aware that the 1890 Federal Census population schedules were almost completely destroyed following a fire in 1921. Missing this broad and important record set is a big problem for New York State genealogy, but the good news is that there are three excellent substitutes to find similar information to what was contained in the destroyed 1890 census. Read the article

Special Federal Census Schedules For New York State

Most researchers are familiar with using the "Population Schedules" of federal censuses from 1850 - 1880 - these records are some of the most widely used of all genealogical sources. But have you explored the "Special Schedules" of the 1850-1880 censuses? Many researchers overlook these collections even though they contain unique information of genealogical and historical value. Read the article.