Direct Me NYC 1940

Direct Me NYC 1940
Direct Me NYC 1940

The New York Times pub­lished an arti­cle yes­ter­day (“Crack­ing the Brand-New 1940 Cen­sus”), report­ing that at the New York Pub­lic Library’s Mil­stein Divi­sion of United States His­tory, Local His­tory and Geneal­ogy and the NYPL Labs have con­nected 1940 phone books to the 1940 cen­sus to help researchers locate New York­ers in the 1940 US Census.

The site lever­ages the One-Step work of Stephen Morse and Joel Weintraub.

This is a wickedly intel­li­gent way to con­cate­nate avail­able data.

The data­base allows you to start with a name and a bor­ough, find the per­son in the tele­phone direc­tory, use that to find the address, then use the address to find the 1940 US Cen­sus enu­mer­a­tion dis­trict. The site guides you through the process, includ­ing send­ing you over to Fam­il­y­Search to infor­ma­tion on the Enu­mer­a­tion Dis­trict you have discovered.

This will pro­vide quite a bit of help for researchers who still have not found fam­ily mem­bers in the 1940 US Cen­sus, either because the names are indexed incor­rectly, or because there are “too many hits.”

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