Search a US Census using an address #general

Mordechai Telsner <mtelsner@...>

How do I search a US Census using an address? I'm trying to find in the US
1920 census a Joseph Cohen living at 242 Eldridge Street (NY, NY).

He might also be in the 1930's (or even the 1910) US Census.

Mordechai Telsner
email: mtelsner@...

Searching: TELSNER, any first name (Latvia). KAGAN, KAGAHN, COHEN, Todros

Mordechai Telsner
New York, NY
email: mtelsner@...


I think the 1920 census is entirely soundexed by state, so finding the
right Joseph is simply looking at all the cards for NY and the right
soundex code until you find him. The address should be on the card.

Unfortunately, the 1910 and 1930 censuses are not soundexed for NY. So you
need to get the enumeration district (ED) first and then look street by
street until you find him. It's a lot of work.

Marian Price
Rensselaer, NY

Stan Goodman <safeqSPAM_FOILER@...>

On Tue, 19 Aug 2003 03:40:45 UTC, mtelsner@... (Mordechai
Telsner) opined:

How do I search a US Census using an address? I'm trying to find in the
US 1920 census a Joseph Cohen living at 242 Eldridge Street (NY, NY).

He might also be in the 1930's (or even the 1910) US Census.
You can't search any US census *directly* by address. You need to find
first the enumeration district in which the address is located; you
can do that at a NARA office. Then you can go through the enumeration
sheets for that district, which is not as onerous a task as it may
seem, to find the exact address in question.

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Joel Weintraub <jweintraub@...>

I've been responding to such requests off-list by providing the website of
our street index utility but it might be useful to discuss this again here.
Remember group that our Morse One Step Census site now has a conversion
between 1930 and 1920 ED numbers. Find a 1930 ED # by address in our
database of over 400 cities of 25,000 or more population in 1930 and we will
convert that into a 1920 ED # (and vice versa). However, for some of the
smaller cities we can only provide a range of 1920 ED #s, and for some of
the larger cities we have a number of 1930 EDs that have no 1920 ED #
counterpart and show "NO INFO," although I have a strategy to overcome that
problem. The data that was used for the conversions is found on the 1930
census descriptions of NARA T1224. There also is a resource for 1910
addresses. NARA has microfiche series M1283 that has 51 fiches covering 39
cities for 1910; it shows addresses to ED #s. The Family History Libraries
have a fiche that adds 4 more cities to this street index table for 1910.
I've already transcribed 17 of the smaller 1910 cities (plus another 3 from
other sources) but have done Baltimore, and after a vacation break next
month, will ask for volunteers to help transcribe the remaining large cities
(all scanned >from the fiche) as we will then expand our One Step Utilities
to include those 1910 cities. That would mean we would have a geographical
search technique for 1910 through 1930, with 1940 to be done (similar to our
1930 to 1920 conversion utility) a year or more before that census comes
Joel Weintraub Dana Point, CA

Michael Herzlich

To find the ED >from an address, in the past I have
gone to mapquest ( with the address
and gotten the street intersections then gone to
Stephen Morse's web site which has various tools
available to generate the ED (see below for the link).
I can see listed a 1930 Ed lookup and conversion from
1930 to 1920 Ed tools. I vaguely remember that there
was a tool I downloaded for 1910 EDs, but don't have
that PC anymore and it was a few years ago since I
used it (it's away at college). I may have it
bookmarked at home. Maybe someone else remembers.

An additional aid for lower east side Manhattan
streets that no longer exist, there is a "Forgotten
NY" website with old street maps.

Mike Herzlich
Boca Raton Fl