New York City

New York City is a bustling city in 1925. 7.774 million inhabitants dwell in the city. Many of these people are immigrants, residing in certain neighbors, and often poor. Many of these have turned to crime to make a living and gangs form in many neighborhoods, often around common ethnicity.

Prohibition has also influenced the culture. Refusing to accept the law of the land, many have begun to turn to underground sources of alcohol. Much was run by boat. The estimated number of speakeasies range from 30000 to 100000 in 1925. Famous ones include the Stork Club, the Cotton Club, the 21 Club, and Connie’s inn. This gives me the right to make up any I want.

As of the Sullivan Act of 1911, it is a felony to carry concealed weapons without a license, this includes blackjacks and lethal knives. Possessing them is a misdemeanor.

A map of New York 1924

A map collection and Long Island

New York is divided into five Boroughs:


The Bronx



Staten Island is an island to the south, across the Upper Bay from Manhattan and Long Island.

Long Island extends to the East beyond Queens.


New York City has numerous different ethnicities with corresponding languages in different neighbors throughout the city.
Jew (ethnic and religious)
Puerto Ricans

Public Records

Public birth, death, and marriage records are kept at the New York City department of health. The records were mandatory by law after 1915. Prior to that, about 50% of records may have existed, so that there was still a chance of records existing for the individual.

Kingston, New York city records were kept in Dutch until 1774. (page 6)

Note that the 1890 census is generally not extant as it was destroyed in a 1921 fire. Information available for each census occurs on page CFF-2 3.

New York City

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