Mapping 19th Century Census Microdata in New York City, on and off the Grid

Daniel Miller, Columbia University
Guangyu Tim Wu, Columbia University

Updating previous work carried out under the Mapping Historical New York project, this paper will discuss the challenges faced when extending record linkage and address recovery methods to earlier censuses and new parts of the city. It will detail how the project, which previously focused on mapping Manhattan and Brooklyn census microdata from 1850 to 1910, is adjusting its approach to grapple with variation in address systems, land use, map-based documentation, and historical planning practices across the region. This paper will present case studies that demonstrate how we are linking and mapping 1820, 1850, and 1880 census records in what were rural parts of Queens and Kings Counties and rapidly changing parts of Manhattan and the Bronx.

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 Presented in Session 77. Mapping Spatial Microdata