JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: **New Records**: The List of Registered Voters for New York City for 1924 #general


A. E. Jordan
 

asparagirl@gmail.com wrote:
posted the List of Registered
Voters for New York City for 1924! ...

This list was first available in paper format ninety-two years ago,
published in a city government newsletter, then stored in shrinkwrap
and locked away in the New York City Board of Elections warehouse for
years.
This is a nice addition to the online world!

As the poster said, if nothing else it helps with one critical point for many
people .... to vote you had to prove you were a citizen either by
naturalization or birth. If your family member is there they had to be a
citizen, but if they are not there that does not mean anything more than they
did not vote in that particular cycle. I have also used voters in other ways
... see below.

It helps to know where the people lived because this version is organized by
Assembly District and Election District and address. You can try using 1925
NY State Census AD/ED numbers for your family, but I tried for one of mine
and it appears that the districts had been at least partially reorganized
between 1924 and 1925.

It also appears that this database will let you search by street name if you
know what street your family lived on. But for example my family was on South
2nd Street and I had to play with the variations in the search feature to find
it. Some South addresses were in a SO and some as S and 2nd was in mostly
(when it was found) as 2D. Don't search individual house numbers because if
your family did not vote you will not find it if they were in a single family
address. Get to the street and fiddle to find the right numbers and see if
they are there. Also the way the data was formatted typing for example 168
South 2nd Street would get nothing because the street is separated >from the
house number.

Also New York City voters records are available >from the late 1800s forward
at the NY Public Library. They have them on microfilm by year with a gap
which if I recall is right around 1905 which is very inconvenient because of
the 1905 NYC Census.

The printed records, like the one that was just scanned, also exist at the
New York City, City Hall Library (same building one room over >from the the
Municipal Archives). I was able to see the original paper and work with it
at the Library but as I recall it requires an advance request and they try to
be cautious since it is the original paper not microfilm. It was bound into
books and as I recall was actually alphabetical at least for the years I was
looking at sorted by the AD and ED.

In addition to searching to see if your family exercised their civic duty
(voted) and using that to confirm that they were citizens I have used voters
rolls as a tool of last resort to locate people in the NY Census. This only
works if they were citizens and voting but one of my great great uncles was
a judge and assembly man in New York so I knew the family would be voting for
him. I got the voter's roles for 1094-1905 and earlier and I searched to find
the family without knowing their address or AD/ED numbers. I knew what area
of Manhattan they lived it and >from a general knowledge of Manhattan, or with
a little research of streets, you can figure out which AD/EDs to look at. I
worked through them and sure enough I found the family and using the AD/ED
and address worked backwards to the 1905 Census to find them and then I also
used earlier records and was even able to find the family in the 1890 Police
Census... the earliest official record of my great great grandmother in
America!

Happy hunting ... and always I am happy to answer questions about NYC records
and research.

Allan Jordan

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