New York State. Board of Charities Census of Inmates in Almhouses and Poorhouses

Overview of the Collection

Creator: New York (State). State Board of Charities
Title: Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses
Dates: 1875-1921
Quantity: 10.5 Linear Feet
Abstract: This series consists of standard reporting forms submitted to the Board of Charities by keepers or officers in charge of poorhouses and almshouses. The forms provide personal data regarding persons who applied to local overseers of the poor, police, or keepers of poorhouses and almshouses for food and/or lodging.
Language: English
Repository: Onondaga County Public Library
Local History & Genealogy Department
447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, New York, 13202
(315) 435-1900

Administrative History

Chapter 140 of the laws of 1875 required almshouses and poorhouses in New York State to keep records on individual inmates and to send copies of these records to the State Board of Charities each month. At a conference of the state's county superintendents of the poor, a committee developed the initial standard form used for census reporting. These forms were used until 1905, when the State Board of Charities introduced a revised version. A form was completed for each inmate upon admission and batches were sent to the Board of Charities monthly as directed by the 1875 statute.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Census forms provide detailed information on almshouse and poorhouse inmates: date admitted (includes admissions from as early as 1828); sex; age; color; marital status; birthplace; last residence (1906-1921 only); how long in the U.S.; how long in the state (New York); at what port landed (1875-1905 only); if "head money" paid (1875-1905 only); if naturalized; when and where naturalized (1906-1921 only); birthplace of father; birthplace of mother; inmate's education (e.g. "read and write";"none"); habits (if temperate or intemperate); habits of father; occupation of father; habits of mother (1875-1905 only); if parents dependent or self-supporting; if grandparents, brother, sisters, and other relatives dependent or self-supporting (1875-1905 only); inmate's occupation; religion (1906-1921 only); if a parent, how many children living (1875-1905 only); health and dependency of children (1875-1905 only); what labor inmate can perform; if inmate has received public relief; if inmate has received private relief; if parents or other relatives have received relief (1875-1905 only); if inmate was previously in an institution; name and address of relatives or friends (1906-1921 only); and prospects for self-sufficiency (1875-1905 only). Although the series covers the period from 1875 to 1921, some institutions are not documented for the entire time period.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Series is arranged alphabetically by name of county or city institution, then chronologically by date of census or admission date.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Patron must have a valid OCPL library card.

Use Restrictions

User must use materials in the Local History and Genealogy Department of OCPL.
Permission must be obtained from staff for reproduction of any materials.

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Related Material

This series has been microfilmed on 225 rolls and many are available at OCPL for use onsite (see inventory below).

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Subject Headings

Subjects

Almshouses
Institutional Care
New York (State).
Poor
Poor
Public Welfare
Social Service

Places

New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Census Records

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

New York State, State Board of Charities Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1875-1921
Onondaga County Public Library
Local History and Genealogy Department

Acquisition Information

Purchased from New York State Archives

Finding Aid Information

Created by: BES/NYS Archives
Date: February 18, 2012
Revision history: February 18, 2012 - EAD created (BES)

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Inventory

Contents
Cayuga County
Box 13 1826-1901
Box 14 1901-1910
Box 14 1903, 1912-1914
Box 14 1915
Box 14 1911-1919
Box 15 1918-1919
Box 15 1905, 1910
Chautauqua County
Box 15 1900 - 1905
Box 15 1901-1917
Columbia County
Box 23 1917 - 1919
Cortland County
Box 23 1844-1914
Box 24 1914
Box 24 1893-1915
Box 24 1914-1919
Delaware County
Box 24 1845-1890
Box 24 1891-1897
Box 24 1897-1919
Box 25 1918-1919
Dutchess County
Box 25 1909
Box 25 1909-1911
Box 25 1911-1912
Box 25 1912-1919
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie City
Box 25 1864-1876
Box 25 1899-1900
Box 26 1901-1902
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie
Box 26 1901
Box 26 1908-1909
Dutchess County - Poughkeepsie City
Box 26 1909
Box 26 1909
Box 26 1909-1910
Box 26 1908-1910
Box 26 1900-1910
Box 26 1910-1911
Box 26 1904-1911
Box 26 1909-1914
Box 26 1911-1913
Box 26 1906-1913
Box 26 1913-1915
Box 26 1915-1919
Box 26 1919
Box 26 1907-1915
Erie County
Box 26 1852-1875
Box 27 1852-1875
Box 27 1876-1877
Box 27 1878
Box 27 1879
Box 27 1880
Box 28 1880
Box 28 1881
Box 28 1882
Box 28 1883
Box 28 1884-1886
Box 29 1884-1886
Box 29 1886
Box 29 1887
Box 29 1888
Box 29 1889
Box 30 1889
Box 30 1890
Box 30 1891
Box 30 1892
Box 30 1893
Box 31 1893
Box 31 1894
Box 31 1894-1898
Box 31 1899-1901
Box 32 1901-1903
Box 32 1904-1905
Box 32 1905-1906
Box 32 1906-1907
Box 32 1907-1908
Box 32 1908-1911
Box 33 1909-1911
Box 33 1911-1912
Box 33 1912-1913
Box 33 1913
Box 33 1913-1915
Box 33 1915
Box 33 1915-1918
Box 34 1915-1918
Box 34 1918-1919
Box 34 1919-1920
Essex County
Box 34 1874-1875
Box 34 1875-1878
Box 34 1879-1884
Box 34 1885-1890
Box 35 1885-1890
Box 35 1894-1897
Box 35 1902-1905
Box 35 1908-1911
Box 35 1911-1919
Box 35 No dates
Franklin County
Box 35 1831-1878
Box 35 1879-1883
Box 35 1884-1891
Box 35 1892-1904
Box 36 1892-1904
Box 36 1882-1901
Box 36 1905-1910
Box 36 1910-1912
Box 36 1903-1911
Box 36 1912-1914
Box 36 1907-1912
Box 36 1888-1914
Box 36 1914-1918
Box 36 1879-1916
Box 36 1918-1920
Box 36 1912-1917
Fulton County
Box 36 1879-1886
Box 36 1887-1891
Box 37 1887-1891
Box 37 1892-1895
Box 37 1895-1898
Box 37 1896-1898
Box 37 1884-1891
Box 37 1905-1914
Box 37 1906-1907
Box 37 1914
Box 37 1914
Box 37 1915-1920
Genesee County
Box 37 1860-1875
Box 37 1876-1887
Box 37 1887-1898
Box 38 1898-1907
Box 38 1907-1913
Box 38 1913-1920
Greene County
Box 38 1880-1884
Box 38 1885-1891
Box 38 1886
Box 38 1892-1898
Box 39 1892-1898
Box 39 1899
Box 39 1906-1913
Box 39 1913-1920
Herkimer County
Box 39 1877-1878
Box 39 1879-1883
Box 39 1884-1888
Box 39 1901-1903
Box 39 1903
Box 39 1908
Box 39 1909-1910
Box 39 1910-1911
Box 40 1910-1911
Box 40 1912-1913
Box 40 1913-1914
Box 40 1914-1919
Box 40 1919-1920
Jefferson County
Box 40 1836-1878
Box 41 1879-1882
Box 41 1883-1888
Box 41 1889-1895
Box 41 1895
Box 41 1895-1896
Box 41 1896-1898
Box 41 1907,1910
Box 41 1908-1909
Box 41 1909-1910
Box 41 1910-1914
Box 42 1910-1914
Box 42 1914-1919
Kings County
Box 42 1845 - 1875
Box 42 1875
Kings County – New York City Home: Brooklyn Division
Box 71 1918 (May - December)
Box 71 1919 (January – November)
Box 71 1919 – 1920 (December – July)
Lewis County
Box 71 1875 - 1882
Box 71 1883 - 1889
Box 72 1883 - 1889
Box 72 1889 - 1897
Box 72 1905 - 1906
Box 72 1906 - 1914
Livingston County
Box 72 1875 - 1878
Box 72 1879 - 1882
Box 73 1883 - 1888
Box 73 1877
Box 73 1888
Box 73 1889 - 1900
Box 73 1903
Box 73 1906 - 1918
Box 73 1917
Box 73 1919
Madison County
Box 73 1842 - 1878
Box 74 1842 - 1878
Box 74 1879 - 1880
Box 74 1881 - 1888
Box 74 1889 - 1909
Box 74 1909 - 1911
Box 74 1911 - 1913
Box 74 1913
Box 74 1913 - 1914
Box 74 1913 - 1915
Box 74 1908 - 1915
Box 74 1915 - 1916
Box 74 1897 - 1915
Box 75 1907 - 1916
Box 75 1894, 1916
Box 75 1917 - 1919
Box 75 1918 - 1919
Monroe County
Box 75 1856 - 1875
Box 75 1876
Box 75 1876 - 1878
Montgomery County
Box 84 1875 - 1883
Box 84 1884 - 1891
Box 84 1892 - 1897
Box 85 1892 - 1897
Box 85 1898 - 1899
Box 85 1905 - 1906
Box 85 1906 - 1909
Box 85 1909 - 1912
Box 85 1912 - 1913
Box 85 1906 - 1912
Box 85 1913 - 1919
Nassau County – Hempstead Town Poor House
Box 85 1865 - 1878
Box 75 1878 - 1890
Box 75 1878 - 1890
Box 75 1890 - 1891
Box 75 1895 - 1907
Box 75 1886 - 1909
Niagara County
Box 147 1913 - 1919
Box 147 1919 - 1920
Box 147 1899 - 1916
Oneida County
Box 147 1875 - 1878
Box 147 1879
Box 148 1880 - 1881
Box 148 1882 - 1883
Box 148 1884
Box 148 1885 - 1886
Box 148 1886 - 1888
Box 148 1889 - 1890
Box 149 1891 - 1892
Box 149 1892 - 1894
Box 149 1894 - 1896
Box 149 1896 - 1897
Box 149 1897 - 1900
Box 150 1897 - 1900
Box 150 1900 - 1902
Box 150 1902 - 1907
Box 150 1907 - 1911
Box 151 1907 - 1911
Box 151 1911 - 1914
Box 151 1914 - 1918
Box 152 1914 - 1918
Box 152 1918 - 1920
Onondaga County
Box 152 1843 - 1876
Box 152 1879 - 1880
Box 153 1881 - 1882
Box 153 1883
Box 153 1884
Box 153 1885 - 1886
Box 153 1887 - 1888
Box 153 1889 - 1891
Box 154 1889 - 1891
Box 154 1891 - 1893
Box 154 1894 - 1897
Box 154 1905 - 1907
Box 155 1905 - 1907
Box 155 1907 - 1908
Box 155 1908 - 1910
Box 155 1910
Box 156 1910
Box 156 1910 - 1912
Box 156 1912 - 1913
Box 156 1913 - 1914
Box 156 1914 - 1915
Box 157 1914 - 1915
Box 157 1915 - 1916
Box 157 1916 - 1917
Box 158 1916 - 1917
Box 158 1917 - 1919
Box 158 1919 - 1920
Ontario County
Box 158 1832 - 1875
Box 158 1876 - 1879
Box 158 1880 - 1883
Box 159 1880 - 1883
Box 159 1883 - 1892
Box 159 1892 - 1894
Box 159 1894 - 1901
Box 159 1901 - 1908
Box 159 1909 - 1918
Box 160 1909 - 1918
Orange County - Newburgh City and Town Home
Box 160 1906
Box 160 1909
Box 160 1910
Box 160 1911
Box 160 1912
Box 160 1912
Box 160 1912
Box 160 1912
Box 160 1913
Box 160 1914
Box 160 1915
Box 160 1916
Box 160 1917
Oswego County Poor House
Box 166 1855 - 1878
Box 166 1879 - 1883
Box 166 1884 - 1888
Box 166 1889 - 1894
Box 167 1889 - 1894
Box 167 1894 - 1906
Box 167 1906 - 1915
Box 167 1891 - 1907
Box 167 1915 - 1920
Otsego County
Box 167 1827 - 1876
Box 167 1891 - 1905
Box 167 1905 - 1906
Box 167 1908 - 1919
Box 167 1910
Box 167 1911
Box 167 1914 - 1920
Rensselaer County
Box 170 1867 - 1875
Box 170 1875 - 1876
Box 170 1877 - 1878
Box 170 1878
Box 170 1878
Box 170 1879
Box 170 1880 - 1881
Box 171 1880 - 1881
Box 171 1882 - 1883
Box 171 1883 - 1884
Box 171 1884
Box 171 1885 - 1886
Box 172 1885 - 1886
Box 172 1887
Box 172 1888
Box 172 1889
Box 172 1890 - 1891
Box 173 1890 - 1891
Box 173 1891 - 1892
Box 173 1892 - 1894
Box 173 1894 - 1896
Box 174 1894 - 1896
Box 174 1896 - 1897
Box 174 1897 - 1899
Box 174 1900 - 1901
Box 174 1905 - 1907
Box 175 1905 - 1907
Box 175 1907 – 1909
Box 175 1909 - 1911
Box 176 1909 - 1911
Box 176 1912 - 1914
Box 176 1914 - 1915
Box 176 1915 - 1916
Box 176 1916 - 1919
Box 177 1916 - 1919
Richmond County Poor House
Box 177 1836 - 1875
Box 177 1876 - 1878
Box 177 1880 - 1884
Box 177 1885 - 1887
Rockland County
Box 191 1912 - 1913
Box 191 1913 - 1920
St. Lawrence County
Box 191 1875 - 1876
Box 191 1876 - 1878
Box 191 1878 - 1879
Box 191 1880 - 1882
Box 192 1883 - 1887
Box 192 1887 - 1890
Box 192 1891 - 1896
Box 192 1896 - 1900
Box 192 1900 - 1913
Box 192 1913 - 1920
Box 192 1906 - 1914
Box 193 1906 - 1914
Box 193 1903 - 1918
Saratoga County
Box 193 1840 - 1877
Box 193 1878 - 1879
Box 193 1880 - 1882
Box 194 1880 - 1882
Box 194 1883 - 1884
Box 194 1885 - 1887
Box 194 1888 - 1891
Box 194 1891 - 1901
Box 195 1901 - 1908
Box 195 1908 - 1914
Box 195 1914 - 1920
Schenectady County
Box 195 1873 - 1899
Box 195 1899 - 1905
Box 195 1905 - 1909
Box 196 1905 - 1909
Box 196 1910 - 1913
Box 197 1911
Box 197 1912
Box 197 1913 - 1916
Box 197 1912 - 1916
Box 197 1915 - 1918
Box 197 1915 - 1918
Box 198 1915 - 1918
Box 198 1917 - 1918
Box 198 1918 - 1920
Box 198 1918 - 1920
Box 199 1918 - 1920
Schoharie County
Box 199 1851 - 1893
Box 199 1895 - 1919
Seneca County
Box 199 1840 - 1875
Box 199 1864 - 1888
Box 199 1885 - 1904
Box 199 1899 - 1904
Box 199 1901 - 1920
Box 200 1901 - 1920
Box 200 1910 and undated
Box 200 1913 - 1917
Steuben County
Box 201 1879 - 1884
Box 201 1885 - 1891
Box 201 1855 - 1896
Box 201 1899 - 1901
Box 201 1905 - 1909
Box 201 1907 - 1908
Box 201 1909
Box 201 1910 – 1911 and undated
Box 201 1911 - 1912
Box 201 1913 - 1914
Box 201 1911 - 1914
Box 201 1915 - 1920
Box 201 1915 - 1919
Suffolk County
Box 201 1871 - 1878
Warren County
Box 210 1863, 1900, 1908 - 1918
Box 210 1918 - 1919
Box 210 1895, 1908 - 1919
Washington County
Box 210 1834 - 1878
Box 211 1834 - 1878
Box 211 1879 - 1880
Box 211 1881 - 1883
Box 211 1884 - 1887
Box 211 1888 - 1894
Box 211 1894 - 1905
Box 212 1894 - 1905
Box 212 1906 - 1909
Box 212 1909 - 1920
Wayne County
Box 212 1833 - 1875
Westchester County
Box 224 1915 - 1916
Box 224 1916 - 1920
Wyoming County
Box 224 1844 - 1875
Box 224 1876 - 1883
Box 224 1884 - 1906
Box 225 1884 - 1906
Box 225 1907 - 1919
Yates County
Box 225 1852 - 1875
Box 225 1870 - 1883
Box 225 1884 - 1903
Box 225 1905 - 1919
No County Identified
Box 225 1909

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