07 June 2012

Ancestry.com Offers New York State Residents FREE Access to Newly Released State History Records

From Ancestry.com

New Yorkers can now search for their roots in the newly indexed 1940 U.S. Federal Census for New York and three state censuses dating to 1892, exclusively on Ancestry.com.

PROVO, UTAH – (June 6, 2012) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, has announced an exclusive offer for New Yorkers to jump start their family history research.  Starting today, a valuable select group of record collections, provided through a partnership with the New York State Archives and Library, are now available free to New York state residents at www.ancestry.com/newyork.

The new records include the first available online index for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census for New York which includes more than 13 million resident names with details including age, birthplace, street address and residence in 1935. These records reveal a unique snapshot of the state as it emerged from the Great Depression, providing a valuable gateway to New York family information in the years leading up to World War II.

To complement the 1940 Census records, Ancestry.com is offering a bevy of additional records with its New York collection, including two state censuses never before released in digital form and a dozen other relevant collections spanning nearly 400 years of state history.

Ancestry.com has partnered with the New York State Archives to publish the 1925, 1915 and 1892 New York State censuses. Both the 1925 and 1915 censuses are digitized and available for the first time online, and along with the 1892 state census, provide the next step for discovery beyond the revelations of the 1940 Federal Census. These censuses are unique because they fall in the interim years between federal censuses, providing additional insight into population and societal trends in the state. For example, between the 1910 and 1920 federal censuses, New York experienced a population surge of 1.3 million residents due to heavy immigration (14 percent growth).The 1892 state census provides information that was lost when the 1890 U.S. Federal Census was damaged and destroyed by fire in 1921.  New York state residents can access these special New York collections with a simple zip code verification process.

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