- 1 I Know the City/Town But Don’t Know the Street Address Where My Ancestor Lived in 1940
I Know the City/Town But Don’t Know the Street Address Where My Ancestor Lived in 1940
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.LINK TO LIST
If the state index has not yet been completed, you can locate your ancestor in a city directory use the following steps to determine the correct Enumeration District number.
There are several ways to locate a street address for your ancestor. Use the following steps.
Step 1 Locate Your Ancestor in a City Directory
Your ancestor may be listed in a city directory. A city directory is an alphabetical listing of residents in a town or city.
Some city directories can be found online:
- Ancestry.com - ($)
If your city is not listed online, you can find city directories at:
- 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.
- 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). Contact information for Public Libraries in the United States.
- 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). Contact information for University Libraries in the United States.
CITY DIRECTORIES NOT AVAILABLE FOR 1940
New York City
If there is no city directory available for the city or town you are searching, use a substitute source to locate an address.
More information about 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
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:
- Go to Steve Morse's website.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- For links to original Enumeration District maps, go to Steve Morse's Website The images are hosted by the National Archives.
Step 4 Use FamilySearch.org to Browse the Images
Do the following:
- Go to FamilySearch.org.
- Find the 1940 Census
- On the Explore the 1940 Census page ADD LINK, type in the state, county, city and enumeration district into the available fields.
- Click on the set of images.
- 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