Most people enumerated during the 1940 census will be found on the standard Population Schedule at the address that was their “usual place of residence,” a term that normally referred to the place that the person “regards as his home” and was “the place where the person sleeps.” The “usual place of residence” included people temporarily absent… Show more
The 1930 population census was the first U.S. census to ask about a technological device in the home with column 9: “Radio Set.” In paragraph 145 of their instructions, enumerators were told: “If the family, or any member of the family, has a radio set, write “R” opposite the name of the head of the family. If the family has no radio set, leave… Show more
NARA Staff Member to Participate in WHUT "Finding Your Roots" Season 6 Preview, Oct. 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
National Archives staff member Claire Kluskens will participate in a panel discussion as part of Howard University Television’s preview of Season 6 of “Finding Your Roots” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on Thursday, 15 October 2020, at 6:30 p.m. This online event is free but you must register at… Show more
Some people are difficult - sometimes impossible - to locate in population census records. The reasons vary widely. This post will take a brief look at the unusual situation of blatantly fictional names. During the 1910 census, Joseph P. Farrelly was assigned to be enumerator of Enumeration District (ED) 27, Ward 3, Precinct 1, of New Orleans… Show more
The 1940 census is the only U.S. Federal population census for which the researcher can be absolutely certain who answered the enumerator's questions in every household. This can be useful in evaluating the quality and accuracy of the information. Did the person giving the information know what they were talking about? Are the ages, birthplaces,… Show more
Hello, I am asking for help. I am looking for some information about my grandfather, Vahit Sulejman BEKOLLI who was born on February 23, 1890 in Korce, Albania; emigrated to US in 1930; and lived in the United States for about 30 years. During his time in America, he regularly sent home income for us. He died in America in 1963 (i think on March… Show more
Hello, I am looking for a passenger list from just before December 7, 1941 thru December 31, 1941. Where can I start? My grandfather and two uncles were on the SS Klipfontein when Pearl Harbor was attacked.