BTW: I was just reviewing some old emails about this. NA says they don’t have the 1940 census; the Census Bureau does.I submitted two different requests to the Census Bureau. I received two replies stating the case was resolved but there was no resolution stated.
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In the meantime, there’s quite a bit of useful information about the 1940 census on our website here and we have the census available on our site here. As you mentioned, it’s possible that the neighborhood was missed in the original census, but it may also be that the pages were microfilmed out of order and you need to do some additional digging to find those pages. There are some great outside resources other than Ancestry for searching census records such as stevemorse.com and familysearch. Also, if you’re comfortable sharing the names of the people you are searching for on here, we may be able to do a search and be a second pair of eyes for you.
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The jump in pagination from 16B to 61A doesn't mean pages were skipped. The instructions to 1940 census enumerators ( https://www.archives.gov/files/research/census/1940/instructions-to-enumerators.pdf ) on page 4 indicate that "The sheet (or sheets) of the Population Schedule used for households and persons enumerated out of order is to be numbered 61 (62, 63, etc.), and is to be placed following the schedules for persons enumerated in regular order...." So, people enumerated in order are on pages 1 to x, and those who were enumerated out of order (not at home when the enumerator came by the first time, perhaps? - are on page 61 and up.
I don't know anything about Pine Hill but there is a possibility it was in more than one enumeration district. East Franklin was divided in two enumeration districts:
ED 3-18 - EAST FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP OUTSIDE APPLEWOLD AND WEST KITTANNING BOROUGHS E OF STATE HIGHWAY 268 AND STATE HIGHWAY 28, BRIDGEBURG, COWAN (PART), COWANSVILLE (PART), MONTGOMERYVILLE, TARRTOWN, WEST MOSGROVE
ED 3-19 - EAST FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP W OF STATE HIGHWAY 268 AND STATE HIGHWAY 28, COWAN (PART), COWANSVILLE (PART), WALKCHALK
ED 3-5 - APPLEWOLD BOROUGH
ED 3-72 - WEST KITTANNING BOROUGH
The National Archives has the 1940 census. NARA received it on microfilm from the Bureau of the Census. NARA released the census digitally on the 1940 census website, https://1940census.archives.gov/index.asp , as well as in our online Catalog here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/16660414.