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NOTE: If the census record is for Puerto Rico (both a Spanish and English speaking country), the possibility exists that the race designator "B" could have been for Blanco (white) and not Black.
Question #1: What options do I have to view images behind the indexes?
Answer #1: The indexes to the United States U.S. 1920 U.S. are provided free to all users. The images associated with the indexes may be viewed in the following ways.
- Patrons logging in with an LDS account (members of the sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) will be able to view the images at the FamilySearch.org site without cost
- Patrons logging in with a FamilySearch account will be able to link to the Ancestry.com site where images may be purchased.
- Images are available for viewing, free of charge, at FamilySearch centers. Please check with the FamilySearch Center to verify that they are certified to view these images.
- U.S. Censuses can also be viewed through Heritage Quest at local libraries. (no fee)
- The National Archives and the Family History Library have complete sets of the existing 1920 census. The films are listed in the Family History Library Catalog, and may be found at 1920 Population Census Schedules and may be ordered by clicking on the film number that is wanted. The films may be viewed at a FamilySearch Center.
Question #2: Records in several locations in the census are linked to the incorrect image. How can I view the correct image?
Answer #2: On the record details page you will notice that there is information about the “sheet number”. On the census image, the sheet number is listed in the upper right hand corner of the page. Use this number and move forward or backward using the arrows above the image until you find the sheet number that matches the record details page.
Question #3: How can I find information that was omitted from the index or which may be incorrect?
Answer #3: You can generally confirm the validity of the indexed information by viewing the image and comparing it with the details page. There is no ability at the present time to make corrections to the index.
Question #4: How can I see the images for Enumeration District 48, El Paso Texas?
Answer #4: Family History Library film #1831798 is supposed to contain images from Enumeration Districts 36-55: 93; 37-55: 59 and should be available online. However, the only online images from this film are from Enumeration Districts 36, 93, 37 and 38. As a workaround, until this gets corrected, the full set of images is available at Ancestry.com and can be viewed free of charge at a local FamilySearch Center.
Question #5: I am trying to locate an ancestor who served in the military in the Philippine Islands. Where can I find those records?
Answer #5: The records for Fort McKinley in the Philippine Islands were mistakenly indexed as from the Virgin Islands. They can be found at the waypoint DGS4442145 images 33-99 when browsing, or possibly by doing a search for the individual and inputting the place as the Virgin Islands. You can verify the place in the upper left hand corner of the image.
Question #6: I am looking for an ancestor who lived in Warren County, Tennessee. The record details page shows Williamson County. Which is correct?
Answer #6: These counties are both located on the same film. There may be cases where a Warren County page was incorrectly indexed from Williamson County. Check the original image to verify the correct location.
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