Census Tips

Relating to any United States Census.

Tips re working on 1940 Census on FamilySearch

Tips re working on 1940 Census on FamilySearch

Forget-Me-Not» To view other areas of the census image, click & drag rather than scroll.
» When you download a 1940 cenus image from FamilySearch.org, the filename is “record image”. Be sure to rename immediately.
» Suggest determining a naming convention such as 1940census-DoeJohn-Etowah-AL.jpg. Do not change the extension or the file becomes unreadable.

First two tips from “The Toolkit” article in Family Tree Magazine, July/August 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 5, p. 68. Forget-Me-Not, an original clip art from NanaEllen.com.

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How much difference does a letter make?

How much difference does a letter make?

Remember that a “one-letter” typo can make all the difference. An “a” at the end of Johann can make it Johanna, not only changing the name but also changing the gender.

© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 2- May-2010.

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1940 Census Symbols & Explanatory Notes

1940 Census Symbols & Explanatory Notes

Knowing what the symbols and abbreviations you find on the 1940 census is helpful. Good researchers never guess. Table shown with the Codes Used, Their Meaning, & what column number/heading in which they appear.

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Which Site Has the Best 1940 Census Images

Which Site Has the Best 1940 Census Images

There are four sites that are indexing the census (see prior article, “Confused? Thought the indexing of 1940 census was a cooperative project by all?“). But if all are indexing the 1940 census, why wouldn’t the images look exactly the same?

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter why they don’t but which one is the best. Fortunately for me personally the top two are the ones I use the most. What about you?

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Confused? Thought the indexing of 1940 census was a cooperative project by all?

Confused? Thought the indexing of 1940 census was a cooperative project by all?

Confused & Frustrated Woman Talking to her Computer.Which 1940 Census Index have you tried to use? Ancestry.com? FamilySearch.org? MyHeritage.com?
Isn’t the 1940census.archives.gov site going to index?
Thought it didn’t matter which one because it was a “big cooperative” effort?

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