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Dear Mr. Bitter,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you search NARA’s website for Start Your Genealogy Research; Genealogy Resources; and Census Resources for tips on how to access census records that may be digitized in the National Archives Catalog or available on our partners’ websites as well as how to view them for free at a NARA facility. NARA has census schedules on microfilm dating from 1790 to 1930 but data from recent censuses are not available after 1940 due to the 72-year restriction on access to the Census. Most researchers find it helpful to begin with the 1940 Census and work backwards to locate people in earlier generations.
In addition, we also suggest that you search New York State Archives: Genealogy; New-York Historical Society; New Jersey State Archives; and The New Jersey Historical Society for vital records and other available resources about your ancestors. You may also wish to review New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962; and New York, New York, Birth Index, 1910-1965 websites for additional information.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!