United States Census, 1940 (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues
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Note: The images for the United States Census, 1940 were captured digitally; therefore there is no microfilm that can be ordered for viewing.
Question #1: The images for Ohio, enumeration districts 71-1 to 71-4 are not available on FamilySearch. Will they be available in the future?
Answer #1: Images (about 78) for these districts were never delivered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). FamilySearch will be working with NARA to procure those images and publish them with the 1940 U.S. Census Collection online.
Question #2. When I search for images in 1940 U.S. Census, New Jersey, Hudson County, Hoboken ED 9-141 thru 9-160, I get the wrong image. It also appears that these images are repeated in later pages. How can I get the correct images?
Answer #2 The images in the 1940 U.S. Census collection at FamilySearch were published as they were received from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It appears that the first 393 images were overwritten and replaced with the images from the second half of the film, in reverse order; resulting in missing, mislinked and disordered images.
FamilySearch will be working with NARA to get the images in correct order and to procure the missing images. A suggested workaround for disordered records is the browse the entire set of records to locate the correct image.
Question #3: I am unable to read the details of the image at Alabama > Conecuh > Election Precinct 13 > 18-19 Election Precinct 13 Repton outside Repton Town, image number 16. Can I find out the details of this image?
Answer #3: This entire page is duplicated on Image 18.
a. Why are the images taking a long time to load?
b. I have to wait between 20-30 seconds per image. The first image to load is black. Is it missing?
c. Sometimes I can only see half an image. How can I view the entire image?
Answer #4: The 1940 U.S. Census images received from the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) are of the highest quality, containing very dense pixels resulting in large file sizes. Older computers and slower internet connections will experience slow image loading. See "Images in Historical Records are slow to load due to insufficient RAM."
There may be instances where images appear as a black screen, but there are no missing images. Simply browse to the next image using the right arrow key in the upper right hand corner of the screen to view the first image.
Once all of the original images from NARA have been uploaded, FamilySearch will go back and reduce the image size on previously loaded images. This process will not affect the image quality. The process of replacing large images with smaller ones should provide a seamless viewing experience for users; images will just load faster than previously.
Question #5: The census records for Iowa, Wapello County are up-side-down and the Enumeration District is not linked to the correct image. Will this be corrected?
Answer #5: The images were published as they were received from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). FamilySearch has been working with NARA to get the images corrected. A solution has been found but will take some time to implement.
Question #6: In the 1940 census for New York > Kings >New York City, Brooklyn, Assembly District 11 > 24-1284, the even numbers for Bedford Avenue are missing. Also electoral 24-1946 is missing the address of 690 Gates Avenue. Where can I see these records?
Answer #6: These records appear to have been missed in the original census.
Question #7: When I do a person search I get no results. I know where the person lived. Is there any way to find someone using an address?
Answer #7: There are occasions when names were missed when the indexes and images were linked and placed online. If you know the address of the person you are searching for you might try this site by Steve Morse: http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html which will help you find the Enumeration District. After you obtain the enumeration district, go to the 1940 United States Census and select Explore Images by Location found just above the search boxes for State, County, and City. When you enter the information you will be taken to images of the census record sheets for that enumeration district.
Question #8: Why are some family members not linked together?
Answer #8: This happens most often when family members’ names are split between two pages of the census record. It is always wise to search the preceding census page if a family member’s name is the first name listed on the page or to check the next page if the name is the last name listed on the census record page.
Question #9: There are multiple entries for every name in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Are there any records missing?
Answer #9: This error occurred when this part of the collection was placed online and will be corrected in the future. This problem does not appear to cause any of the records to be missing.
Question #10: When I do a person search for some names in St. Louis City Ward 21 I can’t find them. Are they available anywhere?
Answer #10: At the waypoint United States Census, 1940>Missouri>St. Louis City>St. Louis City, St. Louis, Ward 21>96-501 St. Louis City Ward 21 (Tract 10B – part) image 23 of 34, the page was marked blank by the indexer and thus missed in the indexing so no record details page exists for the names on that sheet. The page has since been indexed and will be added with the next publication of the Missouri Census. The image is available for viewing at the above waypoint.
Question #11: I am looking for an ancestor who lived in Giard Township in Clayton County, Iowa. Are there records missing from that locality?
Answer #11: There are records from Giard Township that were indexed incorrectly as being from Garnavillo Township, and hence they have been located in that Township browse point. If you look at the browse point Iowa > Clayton > Garnavillo Township > 22-15 Garnavillo Township outside Garnavillo Town > Images 13-35 are from Giard Township. You may be able find your ancestor by using Garnavillo Township as your search criteria.
If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information:
- If searching a specific collection: please include the name of the collection; include all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
- If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
For example: United States Census, 1940 > Iowa > Wapello > Center Township, Ottumwa > 90-16 Center Township, Ot...W) Des Moines River, Vine > Image 1 of 43
- If you are reporting a technical issue: please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows XP and Internet Explorer.
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