I’m launching a new series of How-To Presentations and Companion Guides. I was inspired by my recent experience looking and finding my 3rd great-grandfather Xaver Schillinger in the 1905 New York State Census. Using my real world example, I take you step-by-step through the process I used to locate him – a difficult task since he did not come up in a routine search using FamilySearch.org’s search engine. I ended up having to manually search for him in the census, because his name and those of his family members were butchered by the enumerator recording the census. However, I was able to turn what would seem like an arduous task into something that was easily accomplished in a single evening in front of my home computer – no special trips to the National Archives, Sutro Library or Family History Center required.
So, without further ado, here is How to Search the 1905 New York Census.