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Sheriff John Given's "day blotter" found in the Glen-Sanders Papers at the New-York Historical Society includes eight monthly lists of jurors called for the city Mayor's Court in 1798. Over 200 different Albany men were called to share in that civic responsibility. The consolidation of the jurors' names and occupations has resulted in a substantial survey record that helps flesh out the city population. Although not definitive and admittedly biased toward participants, this list provides a window on a typical community activity and also offers occupational information on men who were not heads of households. Similarly, the lists of debtors extracted from estate inventories printed in Abstracts of the Wills of the County of Albany, State of New York, 1787-1800(discussed below) provide economic information on several hundred city people. This reconstructive technique can be applied to other types of resources. For example, extracting the names of those who appear in the accounts of a number of albany merchants during a given year and consolidating that information in a list also would yield the identity and economic information on a large number of Albany residents at a point in time. Reconstituted surveys may be particularly useful for understanding community dynamics and dimensions during the 1730s and other periods which lack traditional survey resources.

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