New York, State Census, 1905 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1905
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What is in This Collection?

State censuses were created by the state of New York and were taken about every ten years beginning in 1795. These records do not cover the entire population of New York. Information from thirteen counties, Dutchess, Livingston, Nassau, Ontario, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Schuyler, Suffolk, Sullivan, and Wyoming, are missing.

The census was compiled to obtain a count and description of the population of the state of New York. Use the information with caution, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

The record is a printed form that was filled in by hand by the enumerator. The schedules are usually arranged by county and political subdivisions.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York State Census, 1905.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in the 1905 New York State Census includes:

  • Town, county and enumeration district
  • Name of each person whose place of abode was in this family on 1 June 1905
  • Race, gender and age of each person
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Country where born
  • Citizen or alien
  • Occupation
  • Number of years in the United States

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now?

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  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional censuses.
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
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"New York State Census, 1905." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 13 June 2017. County offices, New York.

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