1940 Census United States - I Don't Know the ED from the 1930 Census

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I Don't Know the Enumeration District from the 1930 Census

If your ancestor did not move between 1930 and 1940, use the following steps to locate them in the 1940 Census:

Step 1 Search the 1930 Census

  • From the search results page, click on the entry for your ancestor.
  • Click on the image.
  • In the top right hand corner of the census page you will find the Enumeration District number. It will be 2 numbers with a dash (i.e., 17-3),br>


  • Note the street address for your ancestor. The number is listed in column 2 on the far left for the head of household for ancestor is living with. The street is written sideways in column 1 directly left of the Address Column.

Step 2 Use SteveMorse.org To Convert the 1930 Census Enumeration District Number

  • Under the phrase, If you know the 1930 ED for this location, enter it here," fill in the fields with your ancestor's state, and Enumeration District number you found in Step 1.
  • The correct Enumeration District number will appear below the phrase, "1940 ED numbers corresponding to your location"
  • Click on the Enumeration District number listed making sure the box directly below is checked for "1940 Census Pages".
  • A new tab will appear. Under "Select the viewer you want to use," click on "FamilySearch Viewer."

Step 3 Use the Enumeration District Number to Search the 1940 Census

  • The SteveMorse.org website takes you to the digital images of the Enumeration District you clicked.
  • You may see a card listing the Enumeration District number. In the top right hand corner, click on the arrow which will advance you to the next page. Advance in this manner until you see a 1940 Census page.
  • If you don't know the address of your ancestor, search column 7 for the name of your ancestor. Continue scanning each page of the Enumeration District until you locate your ancestor.
  • If you know the address of your ancestor, scan column 1 on the left side of page to locate the name of the street. It is written sideways. If the street is not on this page, click on the arrow to see the next census page in the Enumeration District.
  • Continue scanning each page until you locate the correct street.  
  • Once you locate the correct street, look for the house number in column 2 directly right of street column.
  • Once you locate the correct house number, your ancestor should be listed in the household. If you ancestor is not listed at the address, your ancestor may have moved and no longer lives there. Search for your ancestor in another record created in or near 1940 to locate another address. Other records.LINK