Using the 1940 Census Collection on FamilySearch
Posted by Diane
We've blogged about using 1940 census records on the National Archives site and Ancestry.com.
When FamilySearch uploaded records for Florida, I started looking there for my great-great-grandfather who died in 1942 at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America retirement home in Lakeland, Polk County.
I didn't know when he moved there, but I was hoping it was before 1940.
The One-Step Unified ED Finder gave me 22 potential enumeration districts (EDs) to search. Yikes.
But on FamilySearch's 1940 census pages, you can type in keywords from an ED description. I was hoping "Carpenter's Home" would be in the description for the ED I needed. Here's how it works:
On FamilySearch's 1940 census page, I clicked Florida. On the next page, chose the county and typed carpenters home into the box labeled "city, township or enumeration district description."
I clicked search, and sure enough, there were two EDs containing the words "Carpenter's Home." So much better than 22. (Interestingly, these EDs weren't in the list I got from the One-Step ED Finder. Even though the home's address is Lakeland, I see that the EDs are categorized as "outside city limits.")
I went with the first option and clicked the link for Election Precinct 23 Carpenters Home (ED 53-85). Here's the first page of that ED:
I used the gray arrows at the upper right to flip to the next pages. On page four, the entries went from being handwritten to typed in alphabetical order (perhaps these residents were unable to answer the enumerator's questions, and their answers were compiled from the home's records).
There was my great-great-grandfather George Frost.
The columns for residence as of April 1, 1935, show he'd moved into the home by that date.
I clicked Save at the top of the page to download the record. The file is named "record image," so you'll want to rename it right away to something meaningful for your research.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012 9:47:37 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)