1865 Census Index for Western New York

In support of the Society's mission, WNYGS organized an index of the 1865 New York State Census for the eight counties of Western New York. As there were existing printed and online indexes for Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara Counties as well as no 1865 censuses for Genesee or Wyoming Counties, WNYGS concentrated on its efforts on Erie County. Many volunteers worked on this project over a number of years. Originally documented on index cards, the Society decided to computerize the index and publish the information online.

County Availability
Allegany Published index available in WNYGS research library
(See: 1865 Census Index of Allegany County, New York by Mrs. Charles Burton, call number 974.7 new)
Cattaraugus Available on-line at USGenWeb
Chautauqua Published index available in the collection of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
(See: Selected Information from the 1865 New York State census for the County of Chautauqua by Lois and Norwood Barris, call numbers: HA 541.5 1865.B3 1999 v. 1 & HA 541.5 1865.B3 1999 v. 2)
Erie View Completed Resources
Genesee No 1865 census available.
Niagara Published index available in WNYGS research library.
(See: Index 1865 N.Y. State Census Niagara County by the Niagara County Historian, call number 974.7 new)
Orleans Available on-line at USGenWeb
Wyoming No 1865 census available.