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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:42 PM

1940 Census Video by the National Archives - very fascinating!

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Search for records here: http://1940census.archives.gov/

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Reply 1940 Census Video by the National Archives - very fascinating! (Original post)
Cooley Hurd Apr 2012 OP
demosincebirth Apr 2012 #1
Cooley Hurd Apr 2012 #2
demosincebirth Apr 2012 #9
Viva_La_Revolution Apr 2012 #3
liberal N proud Apr 2012 #4
SheilaT Apr 2012 #5
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #6
SheilaT Apr 2012 #8
SheilaT Apr 2012 #7
KatyaR Apr 2012 #14
SheilaT Apr 2012 #15
seattleblah Apr 2012 #10
Cooley Hurd Apr 2012 #12
Sky Masterson Apr 2012 #11
WolverineDG Apr 2012 #13

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:54 PM

1. Those old street maps are too fuzzy to be legible

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:56 PM

2. What maps?

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:04 AM

9. the old maps you look up to find a street or a town you want to explore in the 1940 census

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:55 PM

3. I just indexed my first NY batch

so far I've worked on CO, OR and OK too. I've only done 25 or so, many indexers are already in the hundreds. Delaware is done and should be online next week. They estimated 6-8 months before we're done, but I bet we beat that

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:59 PM

4. marking to watch later

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:12 PM

5. I'm flabbergasted!

I watched the video, got the Enumeration District numbers for the town I thought my mother's parents were living in at the time, and Bingo! On page 26 of the first ED I found my grandparents and my mother's sister who was still living at home. I have no idea where Mom was living at the time, nor do I know where my Dad was then living -- they weren't married yet, and wouldn't be for almost two years.

Maybe I can find my paternal grandmother -- paternal grandfather died in 1938.

Added on edit:

And I found my father! He was still living at home, as was his next older brother.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:36 PM

6. K&R! You might want to try this forum here:

The DU Ancestry/Genealogy Group has lots of helpful links and some experienced genealogists.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1156

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:10 AM

8. Thanks. I hadn't realized we had such a group.

I'll start reading it.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:37 PM

7. Now that I've located a couple of

records, I wonder if there's a good way to print up the full size page, so it's easier to read. Reduced to a standard sheet of paper makes it a little difficult to read everything. I wonder just how large those original sheets were.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 11:10 AM

14. I printed a few pages on 11x17 paper.

You can ready the handwriting pretty well, but the printed text is totally unreadable. I was hoping to find somewhere online that had all the headings, etc., written out.

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Response to KatyaR (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 10:20 PM

15. Hmm. I may go ahead and buy some larger paper.

Maybe I could go to Staples or somewhere and they'd have even larger paper.

I am so totally psyched at finding those records, and finding them so quickly. But if you don't already know where someone lives, can the records be searched by name?

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 03:23 AM

10. Sucks that the CONservatives...

 

are publishing our private information like this. Why haven't the courts put a stop to this nonsense?

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Response to seattleblah (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 08:16 AM

12. By statute, census records are made available after 70 years.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:41 AM

11. I've been scanning through the 1940 Census like crazy

Ancestry.com doesn't have it indexed yet, so I can't do a name search.
I've been fixated on a certain area of Pennsylvania for years due to genealogy research.
I was really hoping that my great Auntie was still alive. Couldn't find her. I'm hoping that when they index it fully that I'll find her. Side note. I found myself sort of sad seeing such a big change in citizenry from the 1930's to 1940's.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 10:18 AM

13. Found my dad's family

because I knew the address (family homestead that wasn't sold until the 80's). Even then, it was frustrating because whoever worked that district waited until the very very last to do the odd-numbered side of the street!!

But it was interesting to see that all 4 kids were still at home & my oldest uncle was working as a lineman for CP&L & my aunt was in college.

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