FamilySearch Indexing: US—1940 Federal Census, Project Links
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How should C be indexed in the Race field? April Robertson - Admin/Owner of Facebook Unofficial Share Batch Group 15:41, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
The Sex and Marital Status columns apparently are set up so that one has to click on the down arrow and select the appropriate choice with the mouse, as opposed to simply typing 'M' 'F' 'D' or whatever, as one can do in the Race column and as I've always been able to do in previous census batches. I noticed this in the sample as well. This is something of a nuisance and time-waster. Can this be changed in the setup? sfgregory41
-- This is a problem with autofill being turned off. Autofill needs to be turned on if you want to be able to type instead of having to click those fields.
I have had a couple of batches where the person was from Mexico, and the race recorded as "In" but that was crossed our and a 3 was writtnen in. How should that be indexed? Share Batch 189291006 .Purplecata2 12:36, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
I noticed in the document Mat Young posted below it says that 1=W, 2=Col, 3= In, etc, so I guess I will just ignore that number Purplecata2 12:53, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
I discovered some information that should help with two unusual things that are being seen on the census records. It comes from a report titled PROCEDURAL HISTORY OF THE 1940 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING and can be found at http://usa.ipums.org/usa/resources/voliii/enumproc1940.pdf
1) When the marital status shows "M" but is crossed out and a "7" written instead, this means "Married with spouse absent". I suggest that this be added to the project helps with instructions to index it as "M" (married). This coding is described on the 152nd page of the pdf document above.
2) Sometimes a child's age is listed as "V" with a number or letter after it. These codes represent ages of less than one year. V0 through V9 represent fractions of a year from 0/12 to 9/12. VX is 10/12 and VV is 11/12. I suggest that this be added to the project helps with instructions to index them as "0" for the age. This coding is described on the 133rd page of the pdf document above.
Batch has a bunch of lines with information crossed out for children under 5 years old in columns 17, 18 and 19. Normally if there was no information and a line in the field it would be marked blank, but these have information in them. Index the crossed out info or mark blank? SB # 189241218 April Robertson - Admin/Owner of Facebook Unofficial Share Batch Group 05:08, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
There is a "R" in City field but a rubber stamp has been applied saying "Same house". Go with the Same House? Or keep the R? SB 189253792 April Robertson - Admin/Owner of Facebook Unofficial Share Batch Group 04:27, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
In the "City, town, or village" column I have found many "R"s written. Should this be indexed as: "R" or "Rural"? I have had it arbitrated both ways and want to know what is correct. Project instructions seem to read, "Rural".
The field help for column 17 has a link to an example at the bottom. It appears a letter R stays a letter R when indexing. Jon Lund
Additional Helps page has the presentation on how to index the project and it states that Same House, Same Place and Rural if they're abbreviated such as R for Rural to type what you see. April Robertson - Admin/Owner of Facebook Unofficial Share Batch Group 13:34, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
In the Marital Status column we've seen M crossed out and a 7 written in a few times now in share batches in the Facebook Group as well as in the Skype Group. How should this be indexed? Don't have a Share Batch #. Most times it's been individuals who are of a marriagable age but a few times it's been seen with 2 and 4 year olds. April Robertson - Admin/Owner of Facebook Unofficial Share Batch Group 01:01, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
Here is a share batch for the above question. 189228131 Lines 34 and 37 for example. Beth Crowe
If you look all these marks are made in pencil. The info answered is in pen. I believe this is just a coding process, and the information that is crossed out is merely crossed out for the coding. Therefore, the correct entry for transcription is the originally entered information. For instance, if a child was 2, and it's crossed out and a 7 is written of to the right, the you enter 2. If a marital status was entered as M, then crossed out and a 7 is written to the right, then you enter M. Does this make sense? Do you agree FamilySearch?
I had a Delaware batch with four cases as described above. In all cases, the person was female, of marriageable age, marked as M (married), but no apparent spouse was on the page. Might be part of a pattern? Jon Lund
See Matt Young's point 1, above : "When the marital status shows "M" but is crossed out and a "7" written instead, this means "Married with spouse absent"". I'd suggest going ahead and indexing "M" as usual. -- Dms246 08:47, 3 April 2012 (UTC)