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== 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, use a name index or know the [[1940 Census - Enumeration Districts|Enumeration District]] where your ancestor lived.<br>Check to see if the state where your ancestor lived&nbsp;has been indexed.LINK TO LIST <br>
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=== About United States Birth Records  ===
  
If the state index has not yet been completed, find your ancestor&nbsp;in a city directory.&nbsp;&nbsp;Use the following steps to determine the correct [[1940 Census - Enumeration Districts|Enumeration District]] number. <br>
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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.
  
There are several ways to locate a street address for your ancestor. Use the following steps:&nbsp;<br>
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[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 5|Learn more about U.S. Birth Records]]
  
=== Step 1 Locate Your Ancestor in a City Directory ===
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=== ''How to Start: Where Did the Birth Occur?'' ===
  
Your ancestor may be listed in a city directory. A city directory is an alphabetical listing of residents in a town or city. <br>
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To find a birth record, choose the state the birth occurred:
  
Some city directories can be found online: <br>
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:*What if you don't know the state? — Go to [[User:HardestyPN/Sandbox Births Estimating|'''Estimating Birth Information''']]
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/grouplist.aspx?group=1940census#databases Ancestry.com] - ($)
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*[[Image:Alabama flag.png|border|22x15px|Alabama flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Alabama]]
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*[[Image:Alaska flag.png|border|22x15px|Alaska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alaska Vital Records|Alaska]]
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*[[Image:Arizona flag.png|border|22x15px|Arizona flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arizona]]
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*[[Image:Arkansas flag.png|border|22x15px|Arkansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arkansas]]
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px|California flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[California Vital Records|California]]
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*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px|Colorado flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Colorado Vital Records|Colorado]]
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px|Connecticut flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Connecticut Vital Records|Connecticut]]
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*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px|Delaware flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Vital Records|Delaware]]
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*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px|District of Columbia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia Vital Records|District of Columbia]]
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*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px|Florida flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Vital Records|Florida]]
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*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px|Georgia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Vital Records|Georgia]]
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*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px|Hawaii flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Vital Records|Hawaii]]
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*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px|Idaho flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Vital Records|Idaho]]
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*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px|Illinois flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois]]
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*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Indiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Vital Records|Indiana]]
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*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px|Iowa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa]]
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*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px|Kansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kansas Vital Records|Kansas]]
  
If your city is not listed online, you can find city directories at: <br>
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*[[Image:Kentucky flag.png|border|22x15px|Kentucky flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kentucky Vital Records|Kentucky]]
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Louisiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana]]
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*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px|Maine flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Vital Records|Maine]]
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*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px|Maryland flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Vital Records|Maryland]]
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*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px|Massachusetts flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts]]
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px|Michigan flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Vital Records|Michigan]]
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*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px|Minnesota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Vital Records|Minnesota]]
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*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px|Mississippi flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Mississippi Vital Records|Mississippi]]
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*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px|Missouri flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Missouri Vital Records|Missouri]]
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*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px|Montana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Montana Vital Records|Montana]]
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*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px|Nebraska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nebraska Vital Records|Nebraska]]
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*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px|Nevada flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nevada Vital Records|Nevada]]
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*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px|New Hampshire flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Vital Records|New Hampshire]]
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*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px|New Jersey flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey]]
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*[[Image:New Mexico flag.png|border|22x15px|New Mexico flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Mexico Vital Records|New Mexico]]
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*[[Image:New York flag.png|border|22x11px|New York flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New York Vital Records|New York]]
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*[[Image:North Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px|North Carolina flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Carolina Vital Records|North Carolina]]
  
*[http://www.uscitydirectories.com/index.html City Directories of the USA] - This website has a clickable map of where all known city directories are in the country. This is an ongoing project and is not complete.  
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*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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*[[Image:North Dakota flag.png|border|22x17px|North Dakota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Dakota Vital Records|North Dakota]]
*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.]<br>
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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>LARGE&nbsp;CITIES WITH NO 1940 CITY DIRECTORIES&nbsp;<br>
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*Chicago
 
*New York City
 
*Philadelphia<br>
 
 
 
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If there is no city directory available for the city or town you are searching, use a [[I Don't Know the Town or State Where My Ancestor Lived in 1940|substitute source]] to locate an address. <br>
 
 
 
More information about [[United States Directories|City Directories]]
 
 
 
=== Step 2 Find the Cross Streets for Your Ancestor's Address  ===
 
 
 
Search for your ancestor’s street address using a map website such as
 
 
 
*[http://maps.google.com Google Maps]
 
*[http://www.mapquest.com MapQuest]
 
*[http://www.bing.com/maps Bing Maps]
 
 
 
Locate the major cross streets near your ancestor's address and write it down.
 
 
 
=== Step 3 Use SteveMorse.org to Determine the Enumeration District (E.D.)  ===
 
 
 
Do the following:<br>
 
 
 
*Go to [http://www.stevemorse.org/census/unified.html Steve Morse's website]. <br>
 
 
 
*Use the drop down lists to choose the state, county, and city or town where your ancestor lived. <br>
 
 
 
*Fill in the street address and the cross streets identified in step two to determine the E.D. The E.D. should consist of two numbers separated by a dash with the first number representing the county.<br>
 
 
 
*Click on the [[1940 Census - Enumeration Districts|Enumeration District]] numbers displayed and choose 1940 E.D. Description in the box to see the names of the streets that border that enumeration district.<br>
 
 
 
*For links to original Enumeration District&nbsp;maps, go to [http://stevemorse.org/census/xml1940edmaps Steve Morse's Website] The images are hosted by the [http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/start-research.html National Archives].<br>
 
 
 
=== Step 4 Use FamilySearch.org to Browse the Images  ===
 
 
 
Do the following:<br>
 
 
 
*Go to [http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org.]<br>
 
*Find the 1940 Census <br>
 
*On the Explore the 1940 Census page ADD LINK, type in the state, county, city and [[1940 Census - Enumeration Districts|Enumeration District]] into the available fields. <br>
 
*Click on the set of images. <br>
 
*Search the names on each census page for your ancestor. Be sure to use the arrows in the top right corner to move to the next image in the enumeration district<br>
 

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: