|1890 New York City Police Census Research Guide|
After the 1890 Federal census was taken, New York City officials decided that the Federal census had failed to give an accurate count of the citizens of New York City. So they undertook a new census. This was done between September 19 and October 14, 1890, and was enumerated by New York City Policemen. 13% more residents were found than were included in the 1890 Federal Census. This census produced 1008 books and 894 of these still exist.
Information included in this census... street and number, name, sex and age, patrolman and enumerator, and police precinct. These records are available for Manhattan and the West Bronx (New York County) only. Since the 1890 Federal Census records for New York City have not survived, this Police census can be very helpful if you have ancestors who were living in Manhattan in 1890.
These records are not indexed by name. To do a search you must know the person's home address. You can use city directories to obtain this information. See the finding aids section below.
The New York City Police Census for 1890 is available on microfilm from the LDS Family History Library. Microfilm rolls can be ordered from local Family History Centers for viewing and photocopying for a small fee. A partial census index (by name) is available online.
New York City Police Census 1890...
These are merely suggestions to help locate a person in the NYC Police Census of 1890. There is no guarantee of success. Be aware that some of these records have not survived and a person may have moved from the address given in a city directory. You also may not be able to find someone for a variety of other reasons. See additional disclaimers at the link below.