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The census includes individuals living in New York in 1855.
 
  
== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The population schedule for the 1855 New York state census records still in existence. Most counties are covered, but some records were destroyed. View the wiki or browse the collection to determine coverage.  
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The collection covers the population schedules for the 1855 New York state census records still in existence. Most counties are covered, but some records were destroyed.  
  
State censuses were created by the state of New York and were taken about every ten years,&nbsp;beginning in 1795.
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The census was compiled to obtain a count and description of the population of the state of New York.
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== Collection Content ==
  
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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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. Information found in the population schedules of the 1865 New York State Census includes:  
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
"New York State Census, 1855." Various County Clerk's throughout New York. FHL microfilm, 106 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 
 
[[New York, State Census, 1855 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
[[Image:New York State Census 1855.jpg|thumb|right|New York State Census 1855.jpg]]
 
 
 
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. 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  
 
*Name of every person whose usual place of abode was in the family on the 1st day of June, 1865  
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*If deaf, dumb, or blind
 
*If deaf, dumb, or blind
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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The following counties are included in the 1855 New York, State Census
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• Albany<br> • Allegany<br> • Broome<br> • Cattaraugus<br> • Cayuga<br> • Chautauqua<br> • Chenango<br> • Columbia<br> • Cortland<br> • Delaware<br> • Erie<br> • Essex<br> • Franklin<br> • Fulton<br> • Greene<br> • Herkimer<br> • Jefferson<br> • Kings<br> • Lewis<br> • Livingston<br> • Madison<br> • Monroe<br> • Montgomery<br> • New York<br> • Niagara<br> • Oneida<br> • Onondaga<br> • Ontario<br> • Orange<br> • Orleans<br> • Oswego<br> • Otsego<br> • Rensselaer<br> • Richmond<br> • Rockland<br> • Saratoga<br> • Schenectady<br> • Schoharie<br> • Schuyler<br> • Steuben<br> • Sullivan<br> • Tioga<br> • Ulster<br> • Warren<br> • Washington<br> • Yates
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
 
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:  
 
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:  
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*Residence or address
 
*Residence or address
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== Search the Collection  ===
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'''To search this collection by name:''''<br>Fill in your ancestor’s name on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
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'''To browse by image:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "County" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Locality" category which takes you to the images
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. Look at the list of entries created by your search. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list 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 about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
  
<br>To search the collection image by image, you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "County" category<br>⇒ Select the "Locality" category which takes you to the images<br>
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
  
 
*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.  
 
*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 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.  
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*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.
*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.”
 
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.  
 
*You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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*The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.  
 
*The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*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.
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*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.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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== What If I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For? ==
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
For a summary of this information, see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|New York, State Census Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[New York Archives and Libraries]]. }}
  
== Related Websites  ==
 
  
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aliecor/1855_NYS_census/1855_new_york_state_census_index.htm 1855 New York State Census]
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For a summary of this information, see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
[[New York Census State Censuses|New York Census State Censuses]]  
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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{{Collection citation | text= "New York, State Census, 1855" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of State. Albany.}} <br><br>
  
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
  
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What is in the Collection?

The collection covers the population schedules for the 1855 New York state census records still in existence. Most counties are covered, but some records were destroyed.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, State Census, 1855.

Collection Content

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. Information found in the population schedules of the 1865 New York State Census includes:

  • 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
  • Married
  • Widowed
  • Length of residence in this town
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship (native, naturalized, or alien)
  • Person of color, not taxed
  • Could read and write
  • Owned land
  • If deaf, dumb, or blind


The following counties are included in the 1855 New York, State Census

• Albany
• Allegany
• Broome
• Cattaraugus
• Cayuga
• Chautauqua
• Chenango
• Columbia
• Cortland
• Delaware
• Erie
• Essex
• Franklin
• Fulton
• Greene
• Herkimer
• Jefferson
• Kings
• Lewis
• Livingston
• Madison
• Monroe
• Montgomery
• New York
• Niagara
• Oneida
• Onondaga
• Ontario
• Orange
• Orleans
• Oswego
• Otsego
• Rensselaer
• Richmond
• Rockland
• Saratoga
• Schenectady
• Schoharie
• Schuyler
• Steuben
• Sullivan
• Tioga
• Ulster
• Warren
• Washington
• Yates

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Residence or address

Search the Collection

To search this collection by name:'
Fill in your ancestor’s name on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Locality" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What If I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. Check online or with local historical and genealogical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.


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

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"New York, State Census, 1855" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of State. Albany.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New York, State Census, 1855.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, State Census, 1855.