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LOCAL OR TOWN CENSUSES

A local census could be any listing of residents for a locality (i.e., town) taken to determine its population usually for tax or military purposes.

A search of PERSI turned up the following local or town censuses. If you are unfamiliar with PERSI, Periodical Source Index, ask at your local Family History Center (FHC) for a copy of their research guide giving details on PERSI. Most FHCs have PERSI available on microfiche as well as CD-ROM. Copies are also available at Ancestry.com, if you are a subscriber to their web services.

Locality/Census Year, Vol./No., Issue Date, Publication Name

Bedford/1698, 38/3, July 1907, NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Record (NYG&BR)
Mamaroneck-Morrisania-New Rochelle/1698, 59/2, April 1928, NYG&BR
Westchester*/1712, 43/4, Fall 1967, Westchester Historian
Eastchester/1698, 38/2, April 1907, NYG&BR
Eastchester Men aged 16-60/1710, 38/3, July 1907, NYG&BR
Hasting/(date?), 20/4, Fall 1991, Hasting Historian
New Rochelle/1767&1771, 107/4, Oct. 1976, NYG&BR
Westchester*/1698, 38/2, April 1907, NYG&BR

* The PERSI index does not identify whether the Westchester cited above is the town or the county. However, it is presumed that this census is the Village of Westchester.

Miscellaneous Censuses

Miscellaneous censuses were taken for a variety of reasons. One such "census" is the List of Dog (Owners) in Lewisboro in 1848 as transcribed for us by Jean Ann Orser Lupinetti.

A Poll List for the First Election District of the Town Of Eastchestedr for 1861is available on-line for free viewing at the Virtual Archives on the Westchester County Archives web site. The pages were scanned and uploaded to this web site.

Also available at the Virtual Archives is the scanned images of the Eastchester Book of Colored People which dates from the 1790s through the early 1820s.


FEDERAL CENSUS

A Federal Census was taken in the USA at ten-year intervals beginning in 1790. The most recent Federal Census available to the public is the one for 1930. Microfilmed copies of these censuses as well as indexes for some years and/or states are available at LDS FHCs, branches of the National Archives, libraries and historical societies. Please note that in the FHC Locality Catalog, the census information is listed under "United States" as well as under "New York" State and not under the county names.

1790 | 1800 | 1810 | 1820 | 1830 | 1840 | 1850 | 1860 | 1870 | 1880 | 1890 | 1900 | 1910 | 1920 |  1930 | 
 | 1940 Coming in April 2012 | 

1790 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Entire New York State, Record Group M637, Roll 6 (original hand written version)
Entire New York State, Record Group T498, Roll 2 (a printed version as detailed below)
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 568146

Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, New York. Copy of the printed census for New York 1790, NARA Microfilm # T498, roll #2. Printed by the Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census [Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1908].

"Under this law the marshals of the several judicial districts were required to ascertain the number of inhabitants within their respective districts, omitting Indians not taxed, and distinguishing free persons (including those bound to service for a term of years) from all others; the sex and color of free persons; and te number of free males 16 years of age and over."

"... two copies of the returns" were made and "...one copy was posted in the immediate neighborhood for the information of the public, and the other was transmitted to the marshal in charge, to be forwarded to the President. The schedules were turned over by the President to the Secretary of State."

CAVEAT:Transcribing the census is a slow and tedious task. Therefore, please have patience. When a town has been totally transcribed, it will be added to this site and the town link will be added. If you're in a hurry to obtain this information, I suggest that you contact your local Family History Center or regional branch of the National Archives and request the census microfilm. The 1790 printed census as listed above contains a full state index at the end of the publication.

WESTCHESTER towns in 1790:

Bedford |  Cortlandt | Eastchester | Greenburgh | Harrison | Mamaroneck |
Morrisania (currently part of The Bronx County) | Mt. Pleasant | New Rochelle | New Castle |
| North Salem | Pelham | Poundridge | Rye | Salem (today called Lewisboro) | Scarsdale |
| Stephen (today called Somers) | Westchester, town of (currently part of The Bronx County) |
White Plains | Yonkers | York Town | 

1800 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M32, Roll 27
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 193715, New York: Saratoga, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

1810 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M252, Roll 37
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 181391, New York: Schenectady, Steuben, Tioga, Ulster, and Westchester Counties

1820 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M33, Roll 75
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 193730, New York: Lewis, Seneca, and Westchester Counties

1830 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M19, Roll 112
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 17172, New York: Westchester and Kings Counties

1840 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M704, Rolls 352-353
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 17210, New York: Wayne, Yates, and Westchester Counties

A General index to a census of pensioners for Revolutionary or military service, 1840

Full title: A General index to a census of pensioners for Revolutionary or military services; with their names, ages, and places of residence, as returned by the marshals of the several judicial districts under the Act for taking the Sixth Census.

Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:

1850 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M432, Rolls 614-615
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:
Old Fulton New York Post Cards -- Census 1790-1920

1860 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M653, Rolls 878, 879, 880, 881, 882
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:
Old Fulton New York Post Cards -- Census 1790-1920

1870 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M593, Rolls 1114, 1115, 1116, 1117, 1118
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 1st filming:  0338015 -- entire county
2nd filming broken down to the following film numbers:
Old Fulton New York Post Cards -- Census 1790-1920

1880 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group T9
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:
NEW: Effective October 23, 2002, the LDS Family History Library made available on their web site [http://www.familysearch.org/] an extract of the 1880 Federal Census which is searchable.

1890 Federal Census

The 1890 Federal Census was almost entirely destroyed by fire. However, one family record does exist for the town of Eastchester in Westchester County.

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M407, Roll #3 -- one page only
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 926499

1890 Special Schedules

Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1890 -- New York: Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group M0123, Roll #_
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers: 338207

1900 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group T623
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:

1910 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group T624
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:

1920 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group T625
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:

1930 Federal Census

National Archives (NARA)
Record Group T626
Family History Center (FHC)
Film Numbers:
Locating Enumeration Districts in the 1930 Federal Census

Steve Morse has created an excellent and easy to use One-Step Search Engine entitled "Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities)." This very helpful site can be seen at http://www.stevemorse.org/census/

The National Archives (NARA) has also made available a 1930 census microfilm Locator at their web site at: http://1930census.archives.gov/. According to the NARA publication 1930 Federal Poluplation Census: Catalog of National Archives Microfilm, the locator is described as follows:

"You can use this Locator to find the roll of film you need for a specific county, township, or enumeration district. You can also search by place or institution.
The Locator also guides you to sepcific Soundex microfilm rolls for the 12 Southern Soundexed states.
The Locator is not a family or name index, and it is not a digital version of the census."


New York State Census

FamilySearch.org has the 1905 NY State census available online for free for either searching or browsing.

Although New York State held a census every ten years mid-way between each Federal Census, the only ones available today for Westchester researchers are for the years 1905, 1915, and 1925. The New York Public Research Library has the following State censuses for Westchester and aurrounding counties available on microfilm:

However, the NY State census for 1845 for the Village of White Plains can be viewed online on the Virtual Archives of the Westchester County Archives

The New York State Library has a listing of all the counties within New York State and the various state censuses that are available for each county.


Some Census Sites on the Web

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