JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: 1940 Census and my family - more missing people #general

Werner Hirsch

There are definitely problems with the indexed 1940 Census. When this census
first became available, without the index, I was able to find me and my parents,
living with another family in Hartford, CT, when I searched the index by street
address. Now that the index is available, neither my parents and I, nor our
host family appear to be listed.

After much searching, I was finally able to find myself, but instead of Werner
HIRSCH, I was listed as "Wenner Hirach." My mother Else was listed as "Alee,"
and the host family's name KARLINER was listed as "KOBILNER." Elsewhere in the
census, my father-in-law, Louis, was listed as "Imes" and my mother-in-law,
Helen, was listed as "Achin."

Searching the index for other names as well, I found that I got the best results
when I entered as few letters as possible in the name field, with wild cards,
and entering the place of residence, when known, and the year (approximate is
OK) and country of birth.

Good luck!

New Haven, CT

From: Debbie Skolnik <>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:45:56 -0700 (PDT)
I have not been able to find my grandparents, Tillie and Jacob Gerber,
in Chicago in the 1940 census, despite trying every combination of
misspelling I can think of (and using all different types of wild card

Nor can I find my mother, Rose Gerber (born 1918), who probably was still
living with them in Chicago, or in Washington, DC, where she eventually
moved (I don't have the exact date of her relocation)...
From: Steven Bachenheimer <>
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:34 PM
I think the simplest explanation is that they weren't enumerated.
I have the exact addresses of my parents, grandparents, an uncle and
aunt, and a great uncle and aunt in the Hyde Park section of Chicago, at
the time of the 1940 Census. They are not indexed and nowhere to be seen
in the census sheets >from their corresponding EDs. At the same time, other
close relatives in the same or adjacent EDs were enumerated. If my
relatives weren't home when the enumerator visited, even on repeated
attempts, they were not counted.

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