Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Contract Signed by Ancestry.com for On-Line Transcription Of New York State Census Records

Posted By Ann Rabinowitz

In a much welcomed announcement on Ancestry.com’s Webinar session which was held on Monday, May 4, 2009, it was stated that an agreement had been reached to place the New York State Census on-line.  Beginning in March, 2008, Ancestry.com began serious deliberations with New York State authorities.  After much in the way of negotiations had taken place, an agreement was signed on April 29, 2009.  Ancestry.com will be forthcoming with more detailed information on this agreement in the very near future. 

The New York State Census covers various years starting with every ten years from 1825-1875 and then again every ten years from 1905-1925.  However, it will be interesting to learn which Census year will be done first and which counties.  It is always easier to do the smaller more rural counties first, but so many researchers are interested in Manhattan and the inner boroughs, particularly for 1890 onward. 

Ancestry.com already has utilized the Mormon Family History Center microfilms to transcribe the New York City 1890 Police Census which originally covered the 24 assembly districts of New York County.  Of the 1,008 census books created with the resulting census data, only 894 are still available and, of these, there are 26 which have been put on-line. 

In regard to the New York State Census, Ancestry.com already has partial transcription of the 1880 Census (Rockland County), 1892 Census (Broome, Chautaugua, Essex, Herkimer, Lewis, Orleans, Rockland, Schoharie, Warren, and Wayne as well as a number of records where no area was stated) and the 1905 Census (Lewis, Orleans, Schoharie, Warren and Wayne as well as a few unstated areas).  As you can see, these counties are primarily rural and not that helpful to the majority of metropolitan New York researchers.  

So, for the moment, it is a wait and see attitude until Ancestry.com gives researchers further information on this topic.  I, for one, am eagerly looking forward to the announcement.   

2 comments:

  1. always great to see more important information put onto the internet. Many think ancestry over-priced but personally I think it have the best access available and since Jewishgen joined up with it, its even better!!

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  2. FamilySearchLabs.org, the pilot site of Family Search, is also indexing New York state census records and will be placing the indexes and images online for free. They have already placed unindexed images for the 1892 census, indexes will be up shortly. Only one of the pre-1905 NY census includes Manhattan, I think 1855, records for Manhattan for the rest are lost. The 1892 only includes Brooklyn and it is very hard to decipher - no street addresses are listed nor are relationships between people, only names, ages, occupations and country of birth.
    I have used later records including 1915 and 1925 and they are an excellent resource, particularly to follow people who immigrated between federal census.

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