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Poorhouse Census Records

The Archives holds a Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1826-1921, bulk 1875-1921 (A1978). This series contains some personal data on residents of county and city poorhouses. It is arranged by county and institution, then by admission date. The series is not indexed. Archives staff will search the censuses only if name of resident and place and dates of residence are provided. The censuses are available on microfilm for use onsite or through interlibrary loan, or online to New York State residents through Ancestry.com New York.