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NOTE: To determine which digital records are likely to be found within a collection or to find missing images, see, Using Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records (56000).

NOTE: Most missing records are available on microfilm. See Ordering a microfilm or microfiche (55678). To view films, see Finding a family history center near you (54018).

NOTE: The three New York State Census collections for 1855, 1865 and 1875 have records mixed in from the other two sets of census years because, in some cases, the three census sets are located on the same rolls of microfilm.

Question #1: Some records are missing. Where can the records be viewed?
Answer #1: See answers below for information about known missing records and respective film numbers, if available, or alternate online location:

  • Delaware > Davenport is missing records located on Film 1533559 Item 2.
  • Onondaga County is missing records located on Film 870759.
  • St. Lawrence County is missing records located on Film 556597 Items 2-3.
  • Suffolk County is missing records located on Films 2057294, 2057295, and 2057296.
  • Ulster County is missing records for any town with a name beginning with letters O-Z. The records are not available on microfilm. Contact the county clerk's office to ascertain whether the records are available.
  • Washington County is missing records for Kingsbury. The records are not available on microfilm.
  • Wayne County is missing records located on Films 813649 and 813650.

Question #2: The Event Type and Year Range (browse point) title does not properly reflect the actual digital record content. How can I determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection?
Answer #2: The list of known browse point discrepancies describes the event type or year range existing in the collection:

  • Cortland > Preble images are not in consecutive order, duplicated, and difficult to find specific pages.
  • Kings > Brooklyn, Ward 05, Brooklyn, Ward 05, E.D. 01, Brooklyn, Ward 05, E.D. 02, Brooklyn, Ward 05, E.D. 03, and Brooklyn, Ward 05, E.D. 04: Many of the pages appear to have come loose from the binding and placed back into the book in a haphazard manner. No attempt was made to order the pages.
  • Madison > Peterboro and Madison > Smithfield: The two browse points were created by the same enumerator who apparently wandered between the towns as he recorded the pages. In an effort to include all the images in each browse point, the imagess are duplicated but not in sequential order. The Peterboro images are complete with the exception of page 16 which is found on image 9 in the Smithfield browse point.
  • Rockland > Orangetown contains 1860 Federal census records. The 1865 census records are found in Orangetown, E.D. 01, Orangetown, E.D. 0, and Orangetown, E.D. 03.

Question #3: Some family members are not listed with the family unit or household in the record detail page. How can I find all the family members?
Answer #3: To work around the problem, search by last name and residence or event place. On the record detail page, compare the Line Number and Family Number. To refine the search, include the Film Number. Families are grouped sequentially on the same image or an adjacent image. If a family unit begins on the bottom of a census page, and continues at the top of the next census page, the family members are generally not grouped together. In some cases, the enumerator recorded entries that are not in sequence. In other cases, the pages were out of order when filmed. View the images and watch for consecutive page numbers to assure correct family connections.

Question #4: How can I view faint images found in Fulton > Johnstown, E.D. 01?
Answer #4: The faint images can be viewed better by using the inverse function of the image viewer.

If additional problems are encountered with the collection, you can report them at

  • If searching the collection: please include the name of the collection, and all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing the collection: please include the full browse path you used to get to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the image viewer window.
    For example: New York, State Census, 1865 > Albany > Albany, Ward 01 > Image 6 of 53.
  • For technical issues: please include operating system and browser version.

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