JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: 1940 Census questions #general

Paul Silverstone

Now that a well-known website has indexed New York so you can look up
entries by name, the necessity of finding people by the address method
is much less needed.

Paul Silverstone

On 6/20/2012 10:22 AM, Joel Weintraub wrote:
A question arose yesterday on finding two families in Brooklyn at the
same address but on separate pages on the 1940 census.

First, if the researcher had used Google maps, and gone down to a street
view, they would have seen the residence in question. Assuming it's the
same structure as 1940, you would see it is a duplex.

Second, readers should know that the number of pages in a 1940 census
district is **not** the same as the sheet numbers. So a census sheet has
an "A" and "B" side. Sheet 1A is page 1, Sheet 1B is page 2. But it gets
more complicated than that for 1940.

Our utilities for finding census districts by location on the site, correctly gave the right census district for the
family the researcher was seeking in Brooklyn. But when they got to that
ED (enumeration district) and did not find their family the first time
they arrived at the sheet that had that address, they gave up. If they
had continued to look through the ED, or better yet, jumped to Sheet 61A
and higher, they would have found their family without waiting for a
name index. So what is Sheet 61A?

The enumerators were given instructions on how to number the sheets. If
a family was not at home, they either left a postcard asking for a later
appointment or/and left a preliminary blank census sheet to be filled
out and the enumerator would pick it up later. The enumerator's
instructions were that those followups were to be put on Sheet 61A and
higher. In addition, the enumerator on April 8th, 1940 was told to go to
areas where transients would be found (hotels, flophouses,
Hoovervilles), and those people were put on a labelled Sheet 81A.

Thus you could have a situation for an ED that contained 3 sheets (6
pages) and Sheets 1A and 1B could contain the usual first route of the
enumerator, the 3rd page could be 61A which contained followups, and the
5th page could contain transients (81A).

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