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1940 US Census problem #usa #records


Richard Stower
 

I am having difficulty finding a 1940 census sheet for my grandmother. I have her listed with her family in the 1910, 1920, 1930 censuses. I used Steve Morse's site to get the ED and went through several sheets of the street where she lived but nothing for the particular address of her apartment in the Bronx, NY. I suppose it is possible that a portion of the block was never surveyed but....I have tried the National Archives site directly without any luck. Done the Ancestry search as well.

Any suggestions?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine

Researching: SECHESTOWER, SPIERMAN THAU, GRAFF in Kolomyya; GROSS, FELLNER in Chortkiv; KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER in Dobrowa Tarnowska.


Deanna Levinsky
 

I don't know if the area in the Bronx that you're searching fits but the Cross Bronx Expressway obliterated large areas of apartment housing
If you can compare her location from right after WWII and around 1950 when they started working on the road it might help you
Deanna Levinsky
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Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY


David Oseas
 

Richard,

If she was in the same location in 1940 as she was in 1930, try searching the 1940 census for her neighbors (particularly those with uncommon names).   If you can't find any of them in 1940, there is a good chance that the block or apartment building was missed during enumeration.

Regards,
David Oseas


Cheryl Lynn Blum
 

The same with my father and his parents in Manhattan. I know they were there in 1940 but they are not listed in the Census. I assume the enumerator somehow missed them. The Cross Bronx wasn't started until the early 1950s so it wouldn't have affected any Bronx addresses. You can Google "Bronx Municipal Tax Photos 1940" and search the address so at least you can see the building.


RichardWerbin
 

Richard,
Did you scan to the end of the ED which should have had the address you were searching for? You have to go through every sheet of the ED.
Standard practice for census enumerators was to return to an address if they had missed someone after they finished the ED. They recorded what they found near the end of the records.

Having said that, I can't find my maternal grandparents in the 1930 Census. I found them in Brooklyn on President St. in 1925 and at the same address in 1940. I looked through the entire 1930 ED and do not see that address. Sometimes addresses were missed in the Census.

The bad news for the 2020 Census is that they expect to miss 20% of the population because of the way they are doing the Census now. It was done by mail, online and maybe finally sometimes by an enumerator visiting the household. They also are asking for a minimum amount of information for each household resident. Nothing like the details they asked in 1920 or 1930.
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Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President


m_tobiasiewicz@...
 

Hi Richard,
What name are you looking for? I am pretty good at finding elusive relatives. What street did they  live on in 1930?
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Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine


Sherri Bobish
 


Hi Richard,

Further to what Maryellen said, please post the name you seek on the 1940 census, and also names of wife and children.  Also, circa when they were born, and where they were born, i.e. country, or if born in the U.S., what state.

Hopefully one of us can find your family, or at least give it a good try!

Regards,

Sherri Bobish