Finding Enumeration Districts in the 1940 Census

Finding Enumeration Districts in the 1940 Census

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Some time back, I posted to Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun about what I expected to find in the 1940 Census.  Joel Weintraub from the website posted a comment about the different utilities they’ve created to assist people with searching the 1940 census.  I decided to check it out to see if I could find the EDs for my Oakland relatives on E. 25th Street.

First, I went to the Obtaining EDs for the Census in One Step page.  I followed these steps:

1.  I selected the 1940 census for the drop down menu.

2.  I selected the state: California

3.  I selected the city:  Oakland

4.  I selected the street:  25th E (for East 25th)

Next it asks me for the cross street.  I don’t know the streets of Oakland that well, so I searched for one of the addresses in Google Maps.  Since my ancestors lived on almost the entire street, I picked an address closest to one end, 1948 E. 25th.  The map showed me that the closest cross street is 19th Avenue.

5.  Back to, I selected the street: 19th Av

The utility provided me with three enumeration districts:  61-188, 61-189, and 61-190.

For kicks, I redid the search and used the other cross street: 21st Avenue.  With this combination, I got two enumeration districts: 61-189 and 61-190.

This is really going to cut down my census workload!  I was thinking I would have to slog through many pages to find the streets where my people lived.   I won’t have to do that now.  I can refer to this utility and get the enumeration districts in advance.  Now I can plan my attack!

Thanks to Joel for pointing out this nifty utility!  It’s going to save so many genealogists so much time.

Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website,

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