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Washington County New York Census Records

The first census specific to Washington County New York occurred in 1790. From 1890-1840 only the heads of household were indexed by name, along with the number of other members of the household, their sex and a range of ages which varied between each census. From 1850 onward you are able to find all members of a family listed along with their age given at the time of the census.

Washington County Tax Records

Sample page taken from the 1880 United States Census for Adams New York

Sample page taken from the 1880 United States Census for Adams New York

To get a better idea on what information is available for each Federal census see the Census Guide at AccessGenealogy.

Offline Resources for Tax Records

Federal Census Records

Only the 1810 census has been fully transcribed, so you’ll need to search the larger databases of free images for any of the others:

State Census Records

Sample page taken from the 1865 New York State Census for Adams New York

Sample page taken from the 1865 New York State Census for Adams New York

The State Census of New York were taken every ten years from 1825 to 1875, in 1892, and again in 1905, 1915, and 1925; pre-1825 state censuses and state copies of those for 1855 to 1905 were destroyed in the 1911 state library fire. Most of the censuses that have survived can be found with the county clerk, although some are with the county historian or in other locations. For a list of the whereabouts of these censuses, consult Marilyn Douglas and Melinda Yates, comps., New York State Census Records, 1790–1925, Bibliography Bulletin 88 of the New York State Library (Albany, N.Y.: 1981), which has some errors and omissions. 1)Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

Family Search has placed some of these state census online. Currently they have from 1855-1905 as searchable images. However the 1915 and 1925 census are only searchable… the actual images are located at Ancestry and require a subscription in order for you to access them there.

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1.Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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