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== PAGE: I Know the City/Town But Don’t Know the Street Address Where My Ancestor Lived in 1940 ==
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== '''Finding United States Birth Records''' ==
  
To locate your ancestor in the 1940 Census, you must use a name index or know the Enumeration District your ancestor lived in. Check to see if the state your ancestor lived in has been indexed. If the state index has not yet been completed, use the following steps to determine the correct Enumeration District number.
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=== About United States Birth Records  ===
  
There are several ways to locate a street address for your ancestor. Use the following steps.  
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:*Most states began recording births between 1900 and 1930, but they started in different years.
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:*'''Restrictions:''' Births after 1900 often have restrictions on who can see them. Each state has its own laws. One state may have births for some years available to everyone while other states may limit access to relatives.
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:*'''New England states''' started recording births on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town.  
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:*Some '''Midwest states''' began recording births on the county level as early as the 1860s.
  
=== Step 1 Locate Your Ancestor in a City Directory  ===
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[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 5|Learn more about U.S. Birth Records]]
  
Your ancestor may be listed in a city directory. A city directory is an alphabetical listing of residents in a town or city.
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=== ''How to Start: Where Did the Birth Occur?''  ===
  
Some city directories can be found online:  
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To find a birth record, choose the state the birth occurred:  
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/grouplist.aspx?group=1940census#databases Ancestry.com] - ($)
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:*What if you don't know the state? — Go to [[User:HardestyPN/Sandbox Births Estimating|'''Estimating Birth Information''']]
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If your city is not listed, you can find city directories at:  
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*[[Image:Alabama flag.png|border|22x15px|Alabama flag.png]]  [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Alabama]]
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*[[Image:Alaska flag.png|border|22x15px|Alaska flag.png]]  [[Alaska Vital Records|Alaska]]
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*[[Image:Arizona flag.png|border|22x15px|Arizona flag.png]]  [[Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arizona]]
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*[[Image:Arkansas flag.png|border|22x15px|Arkansas flag.png]]  [[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arkansas]]
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px|California flag.png]]  [[California Vital Records|California]]
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*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px|Colorado flag.png]]  [[Colorado Vital Records|Colorado]]
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px|Connecticut flag.png]]  [[Connecticut Vital Records|Connecticut]]
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*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px|Delaware flag.png]]  [[Delaware Vital Records|Delaware]]
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*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px|District of Columbia flag.png]]  [[District of Columbia Vital Records|District of Columbia]]
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*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px|Florida flag.png]]  [[Florida Vital Records|Florida]]
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*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px|Georgia flag.png]]  [[Georgia Vital Records|Georgia]]
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*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px|Hawaii flag.png]]  [[Hawaii Vital Records|Hawaii]]
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*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px|Idaho flag.png]]  [[Idaho Vital Records|Idaho]]
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*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px|Illinois flag.png]]  [[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois]]
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*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Indiana flag.png]]  [[Indiana Vital Records|Indiana]]
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*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px|Iowa flag.png]]  [[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa]]
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*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px|Kansas flag.png]]  [[Kansas Vital Records|Kansas]]
  
*Public Libraries - Contact the public library in the town/city your ancestor to see if they have a city directory for 1940 or years close to that date (1939 or 1941). [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ Contact information for Public Libraries in the United States.]  
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*University Libraries - Contact the University Library closest to the town they lived in to see if they have a city directory for 1940 or years close to that date (1939 or 1941). [http://www.publiclibraries.com/university_library.htm Contact information for University Libraries in the United States.]
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*[[Image:Kentucky flag.png|border|22x15px|Kentucky flag.png]]  [[Kentucky Vital Records|Kentucky]]
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Louisiana flag.png]]  [[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana]]
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*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px|Maine flag.png]]  [[Maine Vital Records|Maine]]
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*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px|Maryland flag.png]]  [[Maryland Vital Records|Maryland]]
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*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px|Massachusetts flag.png]]  [[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts]]
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px|Michigan flag.png]]  [[Michigan Vital Records|Michigan]]  
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*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px|Minnesota flag.png]]  [[Minnesota Vital Records|Minnesota]]
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*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px|Mississippi flag.png]]  [[Mississippi Vital Records|Mississippi]]
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*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px|Missouri flag.png]]  [[Missouri Vital Records|Missouri]]
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*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px|Montana flag.png]]  [[Montana Vital Records|Montana]]
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*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px|Nebraska flag.png]]  [[Nebraska Vital Records|Nebraska]]
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*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px|Nevada flag.png]]  [[Nevada Vital Records|Nevada]]
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*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px|New Hampshire flag.png]]  [[New Hampshire Vital Records|New Hampshire]]
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*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px|New Jersey flag.png]]  [[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey]]
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*[[Image:New Mexico flag.png|border|22x15px|New Mexico flag.png]]  [[New Mexico Vital Records|New Mexico]]
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*[[Image:New York flag.png|border|22x11px|New York flag.png]]  [[New York Vital Records|New York]]
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*[[Image:North Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px|North Carolina flag.png]]  [[North Carolina Vital Records|North Carolina]]
  
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*[[Image:North Dakota flag.png|border|22x17px|North Dakota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Dakota Vital Records|North Dakota]]
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*[[Image:Ohio flag.png|border|22x14px|Ohio flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio]]
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*[[Image:Oklahoma flag.png|border|22x15px|Oklahoma flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oklahoma Vital Records|Oklahoma]]
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*[[Image:Oregon flag.png|border|22x13px|Oregon flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oregon Vital Records|Oregon]]
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*[[Image:Pennsylvania flag.png|border|22x15px|Pennsylvania flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Pennsylvania Vital Records|Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Image:Rhode Island flag.png|border|21x20px|Rhode Island flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Rhode Island Vital Records|Rhode Island]]
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*[[Image:South Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px|South Carolina flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina]]
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*[[Image:South Dakota flag.png|border|22x13px|South Dakota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Dakota Vital Records|South Dakota]]
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*[[Image:Tennessee flag.png|border|22x13px|Tennessee flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Tennessee Vital Records|Tennessee]]
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*[[Image:Texas flag.png|border|22x15px|Texas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Texas Vital Records|Texas]]
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*[[Image:Utah flag.png|border|22x15px|Utah flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Utah Vital Records|Utah]]
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*[[Image:Vermont flag.png|border|22x13px|Vermont flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Vermont Vital Records|Vermont]]
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*[[Image:Virginia flag.png|border|22x15px|Virginia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Virginia Vital Records|Virginia]]
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*[[Image:Washington flag.png|border|22x13px|Washington flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Washington Vital Records|Washington]]
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*[[Image:West Virginia flag.png|border|22x12px|link=User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 8]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 8|West Virginia]]
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*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px|Wisconsin flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wisconsin Vital Records|Wisconsin]]
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*[[Image:Wyoming flag.png|border|22x15px|Wyoming flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wyoming Vital Records|Wyoming]]
  
<br> City Directories are not available for the large cities of: Chicago New York City
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If there is no city directory available for the city or town you are searching, use a substitute source to locate an address. [I Don't Know the Town or State Where My Ancestor Lived in 1940|I Don't Know the Town or State Where My Ancestor Lived in 1940]
 
 
 
=== Step 2 Use SteveMorse.org to Determine the Enumeration District (E.D.)  ===
 
 
 
Go to www.stevemorse.org/census/unified.html. Use the drop down lists to choose the state, county, and city or town where your ancestor lived. Fill in the street address and the cross streets identified in step one to determine the E.D. (The E.D. should consist of two numbers separated by a dash with the first number representing the county.)
 
 
 
Once you1940 Enumeration District
 
 
 
*Click on the enumeration district numbers displayed and choose 1940 ED Description in the box to see the names of the streets that border that enumeration district. Go to http://stevemorse.org/census/xml1940edmaps for links to the original enumeration district maps (images hosted by the National Archives).
 

Revision as of 21:18, 11 February 2013

Finding United States Birth Records

About United States Birth Records

  • Most states began recording births between 1900 and 1930, but they started in different years.
  • Restrictions: Births after 1900 often have restrictions on who can see them. Each state has its own laws. One state may have births for some years available to everyone while other states may limit access to relatives.
  • New England states started recording births on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town.
  • Some Midwest states began recording births on the county level as early as the 1860s.

Learn more about U.S. Birth Records

How to Start: Where Did the Birth Occur?

To find a birth record, choose the state the birth occurred: