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Inmate Registraiton Certificates A law passed in 1875 required New York State poorhouses to record inmate information on a specific certificate form for all inmates currently residing there and for all subsequent admissions.  Copies of these certificates had to be submitted to the State Board of Charities. Those are housed at the New York State Archives and have been microfilmed. In New York State these certificates were required beginning in 1875. Click here for more information. (We suspect that similar certificates may have been utilized in other states where there were similar Boards of Charity. If you find some, please let us know.)

For the die-hard researcher!  (Or the dedicated historian.)

"Outline of the Laws Governing Poor Relief
In the United States" (State by State)
from U.S. Government publication:  
Special Reports, Paupers in Alms Houses -- 1904

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