In 1896, the NYS Legislature passed legislation requiring officers
of public almshouses and poorhouses to submit an annual census of inmates
to the State Board of Charities. At a state conference of Superintendents
of the Poor, a committee developed a standard form for reporting information
about each inmate. This form was used unchanged until 1905 when the
State Board made a few minor revisions. Although the records span the
years from 1875 to 1920, there are often gaps of one or more years in
the census returns from a particular county. Most records are in the
1900-1919 time period. Thanks to volunteer Cynthia Seacord for many
hours of effort preparing this index.
The Historical Society has a microfilm copy of these records for
the poorhouse in Schenectady County, New York. Society staff will make
copies of a card if you submit the request
form. There will be a charge of $5.00 for each name (including alternate
spellings) submitted. Preview an
image of a sample card.
To make our local files useful to as many genealogists as possible,
we would like copies of your family records. We invite anyone who has
genealogical records of people who lived in Schenectady
County to send them to us. Please send your data in one of these formats
(in order of preference):
- E-mail a GEDCOM (up to 1 Meg) to our
- Mail a 3.5" diskette in GEDCOM, Word, or ASCII format to our
- Other disk formats may be OK, but ask first.
- Printed paper records.
- Handwritten records (Please write clearly).
* Our surface mail address is:
Schenectady County Historical Society
32 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305