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NOTE: There are many issues in this collection that would require viewing the original microfilm. These are noted below. If the film # is listed on the individual record details page, it can be ordered (See Ordering Microfilm and Microfiche) into a local FamilySearch Center and viewed there.

  • Individual pages, as well as entire enumeration districts, are missing.
  • Some records do not have links to images.
  • There are records with camera icons that do not have links to images. When you open the record details page, where there should be a link to the image it states “No Image Available”. These are usually from unresolved contract issues. The film # should be listed on the record details page and can be ordered and viewed as above.

Question #1: Some records are linked to the wrong images or the image is duplicated. How can the correct image be found?
Answer #1: When records are linked to the wrong images, the information found on the indexed record page can be helpful in locating the correct image. Towards the bottom of the page there are references to a family number, a page number, and line number. Use the arrows on the Image Viewer to move forward or backward until the correct page is displayed.

In some cases there is no information on the indexed record, but the correct images can still be found by scrolling forward or backward a few images.

There are some instances where the image the page is on was missed in the upload of the images. In that case the only option would be to order the microfilm and check for the image on it. One example of this is page 328 in the browse point Kings > Brooklyn > A.D. 08, E.D. 12. It should fit after image 27, but was missed in the upload. There are images from that page that have been incorrectly linked to image 27, page 327.

Question #2: Some records are linked to images in other New York State Census records for 1892 or 1915. Are images available for the 1905 census for these persons?
Answer #2: Images for the 1905 Census can be browsed to search for individuals. There are also additional 1905 Census records located in the 1892 Census records – they share the waypoints with the 1892 images. Or the films can be ordered as in the NOTE above.

Question #3: Some records have multiple families or residents grouped together as one household. How can the proper household grouping be determined?
Answer #3: The New York State Census, 1905 form is missing a column for Household Number (Family Number) which results in all the families or residents at a single physical address with multiple dwellings (i.e., apartment building) to be grouped together as one household. The relevant columns in the 1905 New York State Census are:

  • Residence [Street name and House number]
  • Name of each person whose usual place of abode on June 1, 1905, was in this family
  • Relationship of each person to the head of the family

It is necessary that you view the original image and use the relationship column to determine the household groupings.
NOTE: The indexer must enter only the information as it is written on the original document and may not make arbitrary changes supported by logic, but not by fact. In some instances, the indexer inserted the house number as a family number to get the household information to work.

Question #4: I am finding my ancestor indexed only partially in Greene County? Is there a way to see the complete record?
Answer #4: There are instances in Greene County where there is an overlay page covering some of the images. In most cases the camera operator filmed the pages more than once – with and without the overlay. Names on the page with the overlay have usually been indexed twice. Look for other records for your ancestor and check to see if there are more indexed records for them that contain the full information. As you look at the images, verify if they are from the 1905 Census or the 1892 Census. In some cases the menu bar disappears when you are on the image. Again, check for additional indexed entries for the same name that would correct these issues.

Question #5: I cannot find my ancestor‘s record in Niagara County. Were all the images indexed?
Answer #5: Unfortunately there could have been pages missed in the indexing. One example would be found at Niagara > Lockport > Ward 05, E.D. 02 > Image 5 of 21. If you cannot find an ancestor you are reasonably sure should be in the census your best option would be to browse the images for that area.

Question #6: Are there missing pages in the Warren > Luzerne > E.D.01 browse point?
Answer #6: There are instances in this browse point where the enumerator recorded pages out of sequence. For example, pages 22-28 on images 11-15 are not in consecutive order.

Question #7: I am having trouble finding the browse points for some localities in Wayne County. Can you help me?
Answer #7: The images on Film #479875 were indexed but the localities were not entered as part of the indexing, causing the search to return 3 commas in the residence place. These images are not available for browsing until they can be identified. The records have been indexed and so are searchable by person name. To find the location you can then view the image and see the locality on the image. There is no menu bar available on the images and so no scrolling can be done between images. The localities on this film include Arcadia, Butler, Galen, Huron, Lyons, Macedon, Rose, Savannah, Sodus, Walworth, Williamson and Wolcott. The images may also be viewed by ordering the microfilm and viewing it. See instructions in NOTE above.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If searching a specific collection: please include the name of the collection; include all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing this collection, please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example, New York State Census, 1905 > Kings > Brooklyn > A.D. 01, E.D. 01 > Image 10 of 27.
  • If you are reporting a technical issue, please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows 7 and Internet Explorer.

Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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