Re: help with one or two handwritten characters on us census #general


The original request on Viewmate was "...his wife died in December 1940, (I think)"  The most likely, and simplest  explanation is: The original entry was W and was changed to Wd to agree with the instruction to enumerators, and his wife did not die in December 1940. She died prior to the 1940 census.

David Rosen
Boston, MA


On 7/14/2020 10:01 AM, Paul Chirlin wrote:
The enumerator first wrote M for married, then struck it and wrote WD for widow.  Look at the name 2 above where exactly the same thing happened.  The W is easier to see on that one but provides an example.  The W on Epstein is partly hidden by the earlier M

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