New Collections: New York State Censuses

by Amy Johnson Crow

Posted on September 19, 2013

When we think of census records, we usually think of the federal census. However, some states took their own censuses. New York is one such state. Now you can search three valuable New York state censuses on 1892, 1915, and 1925.

1892 New York State Census

Any census is valuable, but the 1892 New York state census is especially so. The vast majority of the 1890 federal census no longer exists, so this census fills a large void. The information includes name, sex, age, color, country of birth, citizenship status, and occupation. It also does something else that's valuable: It puts these people in a specific place at a specific time, and puts them together with other people in the household and neighborhood.


Not all of 1892 New York state census survived. There are no known records for the following counties: Bronx, Chenango, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Livingston, New York, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, St. Lawrence, Schuyler, Seneca, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and Wyoming.

1915 and 1925 New York State Census

These censuses contain the same information as 1892, with the addition of relationship to the head of household and number of years in the United States (if the person was foreign born).


new-york-state-census-search.jpgUsing These Records on

To search the New York state censuses on, select "Census Records" from the Select an Archive menu, select New York as the state, and the year (1892, 1915, or 1925).

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