New York, State Census, 1892 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1892
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of the population schedule from the New York census taken in 1892. This state census is an every-name index to the state's inhabitants as of February 16, 1892. The collection includes 40 counties. This census does not cover the entire population of the state of New York. Some of the modern-day counties did not exist in New York State in 1892. New York City organized its five boroughs six years later in 1898. New York created Nassau County that same year.

General Information About These Records

Colonial censuses were created by the state of New York and were taken about every ten years beginning in 1690. State censuses began to be taken about every ten years in 1795. This census does not cover the entire population of the state of New York. Some of the modern-day counties did not exist in New York State in 1892. New York City organized its five boroughs six years later in 1898. New York created Nassau County that same year.

New York state censuses were created approximately every decade beginning with 1825. This official date of enumeration for this census is Feb. 16, 1892. The census was compiled to obtain a count and description of the population of the state of New York.

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. The information is generally reliable. However use the information with some 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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York State Census, 1892.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The 1892 New York State Census includes:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Color
  • Country of birth
  • If citizen or alien
  • Occupation

Collection Content

Sample Image

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article New York, State Census, 1892 Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The coverage table shows the counties included in the census. It also includes their records repository and corresponding Family History Library microfilm number if the information is available. Information is not available for all counties. Counties for which the population schedules are missing or lost are indicated by an asterisk (*)

This census does not cover the entire population of the state of New York. Some of the modern-day counties did not exist in New York State in 1892. New York City organized its five boroughs six years later in 1898. New York created Nassau County that same year.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The residence of the individual
  • The names of other family members

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Town/City/Borough/Ward and Election District to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States
  • If they are subject to military service, they may have military files in the State or National Archives
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census

Family History Library Microfilm Numbers for this Census

  • New York. Allegany County. 1892 state census. Allegany County Courthouse, Belmont, New York. FHL Microfilm 501959
  • New York. Cattaraugus County. 1892 state census. Cattaraugus County Courthouse, Little Valley, New York. FHL Microfilm 584495
  • New York. Chautauqua County. 1892 state census. Chautauqua County Courthouse, Mayville, New York. FHL Microfilm 479648
  • New York. Chemung County. 1892 state census. Chemung County Courthouse, Elmira, New York. FHL Microfilm 850934
  • New York. Clinton County. 1892 state census. Clinton County Courthouse, Plattsburgh, New York. FHL Microfilm 863412
  • New York. Cortland County. 1892 state census. Cortland County Courthouse, Cortland, New York. FHL Microfilm 843868
  • New York. Delaware County. 1892 state census. Delaware County Courthouse, Delhi, New York. FHL Microfilm 832853
  • New York. Dutchess County. 1892 state census. Dutchess County Courthouse, Poughkeepsie, New York. FHL Microfilm 565250
  • New York. Erie County. 1892 state census. Erie County Courthouse, Buffalo, New York.
    FHL Microfilm 825692, item 2-825696, item 1
  • New York. Genesee County. 1892 state census. Genesee County Courthouse, Batavia, New York. FHL Microfilm 810479
  • New York. Kings County. 1892 state census. Kings County Courthouse, Brooklyn, New York. FHL Microfilm 1930226-1930244
  • New York. Monroe County. 1892 state census. Monroe County Courthouse, Rochester, New York. FHL Microfilm 833783-833785
  • New York. Montgomery County. 1892 state census. Montgomery County Courthouse, Fonda, New York. FHL Microfilm 479335
  • New York. Niagara County. 1892 state census. Niagara County Courthouse, Lockport, New York. FHL Microfilm 878329
  • New York. Orleans County. 1892 state census. Orleans County Courthouse, Albion, New York. FHL Microfilm 592751
  • New York. Otsego County. 1892 state census. Otsego County Courthouse, Cooperstown, New York. FHL Microfilm 869029
  • New York. Rockland County. 1892 state census. Rockland County Courthouse, New City, New York. FHL Microfilm 564819, item 2
  • New York. Saratoga County. 1892 state census. Saratoga County Courthouse, Ballston Spa, New York. FHL Microfilm 559941
  • New York. Schenectady County. 1892 state census. Schenectady County Courthouse, Schenectady, New York. FHL Microfilm 503210
  • New York. Schoharie County. 1892 state census. Schoharie County Courthouse, Schoharie, New York. FHL Microfilm 868883
  • New York. Steuben County. 1892 state census. Steuben County Courthouse, Bath, New York. FHL Microfilm 512430
  • New York. Tioga County. 1892 state census. Tioga County Courthouse, Owego, New York. FHL Microfilm 816369
  • New York. Tompkins County. 1892 state census. Tompkins County Courthouse, Ithaca, New York. FHL Microfilm 856517
  • New York. Washington County. 1892 state census. Washington County Courthouse, Fort Edward, New York. FHL Microfilm 512705
  • New York. Wayne County. 1892 state census. Wayne County Courthouse, Lyons, New York. FHL Microfilms 479873; 479874, item 2
  • New York. Yates County. 1892 state census. Yates County Courthouse, Penn Yan, New York. FHL Microfilm 838916

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"New York State Census, 1892." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. County offices, New York.

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