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USA 1940 census references

Discussion in 'Ask Peter' started by SaxonRob, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. SaxonRob

    SaxonRob LostCousins Member

    Hi Peter,
    It looks like I'm doing something wrong.
    After I enter a household on the My Ancestors page using the USA 1940 census, the link arrow <Click to check against the census> doesn't come up.
    Your guidance says: "Some sources of the 1940 Census give all the census references in the transcription, but for others you'll need to refer to the image - you'll find the Enumeration District (ED) and Sheet number at the top right. When FamilySearch refer to 'Affiliate' they mean the NARA. NARA Roll Number: do NOT include T627 prefix if shown."
    I looked at the images and the transcriptions on all 3 sites: familysearch; national archives (NARA); ancestry (com and co.uk).

    • The images show E.D No. 17-5, Sheet No. 2B, but not the NARA Roll number, even if you scroll to the 1st or last image of the set.
    • The familysearch transcription page doesn't give references, or mention affiliates, but just points to a description of the Enumeration District.
    • The NARA site doesn't seem to provide transcriptions or references, but gives link to a helpful site "Universal 1940 Census Image Viewer", run by Steve Morse. That comes up with: California | 17.Lake County | ED 17-5 | Image 4 (Roll 218 Frame 108).
    • The Ancestry site shows: Roll: m-t0627-00218; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 17-5.
    So I enter NARA roll number as 00218, but the box accepts only 4 digits max and displays 0218.
    The reference then appears OK on the lostcousins My Ancestors page as 218/17-5/2B, but without the link arrow.
    Thanks for any light that you or others can throw on this small problem.
     
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Take another look - perhaps you missed 'Document Information'?

    In general leading zeroes can be omitted - only include them the instructions on the Add Ancestor form ask you to (as for the Ireland 1911 census). I don't know why Ancestry pad out the film number to 5 digits as there are never more than 4.

    Please note that there are no checking arrows for the US censuses - I haven't found a way of implementing them.
     
  3. SaxonRob

    SaxonRob LostCousins Member

    Many thanks, Peter: exactly what I needed to know.
    Still can't find the NARA Roll # anywhere on the familysearch site, but no matter.
     
  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    It won't be visible until you click 'Document Information' - sorry if my earlier post wasn't clear.
     

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