New York is a crossroads for many of our ancestors. Some families may have been in New York State for less than a generation on their way farther west, whereas other families became permanent settlers. New York's sources for genealogical inquiry, however, are often lacking-statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1881!
One bright spot in New York research is the New York state census. While the U.S. federal census may be the first place genealogists look to gather information about a family, state census records are often overlooked. The New York State census in particular, offers remarkably valuable genealogical information beyond what's contained in the federal census. This Portable Genealogist will assist you in understanding, locating, and using these important records.
The four-page laminated guide can fit easily in your research binder.
By Christopher C. Child