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Collection Time Period

These records are for the year 1865.

Record Description

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

This census includes several other sections, beyond the population schedules, that contain useful information. It includes two schedules with information of officers and enlisted men currently in the military and officers and enlisted men who had served in the military. This census contains information on when and where the individual first entered the military, their rank, how long they were in the service, their present health, as well as several other items. The census also includes tables on marriages and deaths occurring during the year ending June 1, 1865. These tables contain typical marriage and death information. One other table that contains valuable information is entitled deaths of officers and enlisted men. This table contains deaths of individuals which had occurred while in the military or naval service of the United States, or from wounds or disease acquired in said service since April, 1861, reported by the families to which the deceased belonged when at home. It includes the name of the deceased, age at death, if married or single, if a citizen, several items relating to military information, date of death, place of death, manner of death, survivors of the deceased, place of burial and any remarks.

Record Content

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Key genealogical facts found in the population schedules of the 1865 New York State Census are:

  • Name of every person whose usual place of abode was in the family on the 1st day of June, 1865
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Relation to the head of the family
  • In what county of New York, or in what state or country born
  • Parent of how many children
  • Number of times married
  • Current marital status (married, widowed, or single)
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship (native, naturalized, or alien)
  • If owner of the land
  • If currently or formerly in the Army or Navy 

How to Use the Records

A census can provide you with names and ages of family members, which can then be used to calculate birth or marriage dates. It can provide the county and town where your ancestor lived, people living with (or gone from) the family, and relatives that may have lived nearby. The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the census index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page number or family number) to locate your ancestors in the census. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • 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 records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • 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.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”

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.

Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.

Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:

  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Record History

State censuses were created by the state of New York and were taken about every ten years beginning in 1795. This census does not cover the entire population of the state of New York because the counties of Allegany, Clinton, Franklin, Genesee, Hamilton, New York, Oswego, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, Westchester, and Wyoming are missing.

Why This Collection Was Created?

The census was compiled to obtain a count and description of the population of the state of New York.

Record Reliability

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.

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Kings County, Brooklyn - Ward 20 Enumeration Districts

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Known Issues With This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?

Problem #1 - The records for the city of Kingsbury were never digitized and published online. However, the records were filmed (see FHL film 513918) and can be ordered from the Family History Library. See the WIKI article " Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche from a Family History Center ."

Problem #2 - Kings, Brooklyn, Ward 12: There is a section of Ward 11 (bounded by Myrtle, Hudson, Willoughby and Bridge Streets) incorporated in the Ward 12 image database (images 52 thru 88).

Problem #3 - Niagara County includes some waypoints which have records from the New York State Census, 1875 collection.

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"New York State Census,1885."index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 31 March 2011. entry for Polly Herrick, age 65; citing Census Records, Sarataoga, Edinburg, Image 1 frame 75; Saratoga County Clerk Office, Ballston Spa, New York.

Sources of Information for This Collection:

New York Census, 1865, images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org); from various County Clerks throughout New York. FHL microfilm, 75 rolls, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah



 

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