1890 New York City Police Census

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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 those books still exist. The surviving 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 may be helpful if you have ancestors who were living in Manhattan or the West Bronx in 1890.

Information included in this census: street and number, name, sex and age, patrolman and enumerator, and police precinct.

The New York City Police Census for 1890 is available as digitized microfilm from FamilySeach. The digitized microfilm rolls can be viewed at many local Family History Centers, FamilySearch Affiliated Libraries, or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

An index for the census (by name) is available online from FamilySearch.

New York City Police Census 1890...

Be aware that parts of this census have not survived.
  • 1890 New York City Police Census Index (partial) (requires payment - part of an Ancestry subscription) includes 26 police census books (of 894 total that still exist - these are numbers 2, 5-7, 58-61, 953-966, 969, 971-972, 977, 980, 982-983, 990)
Additional Finding Aid... Related Resources... Helpful Book...
  • Aid to Finding Addresses in 1890 New York City Police Census by Howard M. Jensen - you might try your local public library
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.

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