1940

Downey Census

 

From the 16th Census of the United States

as of  April 1, 1940.

 

Street Index and other information

by the Downey Historical Society


 

Contents

Dedication

Scope

Purpose

How to Use This Index

Background/Organization/Hierarchy of Census Data

How Downey Fits In

Availability and OnLine Access

Our Holdings

 

A few sample Census Sheets/Pages  - small format

The Indexes sorted Alpha-numerically by Street name and number

For Name and other Search Capabilities, see Searchables

 

 

 

Dedication

This Indexing Project is Dedicated to 

  .- John Gatley Downey, whose wisdom and foresight brought forth the community which is now the City of Downey

 .-  John Vincent, whose wisdom and charisma  have kept the Downey Historical Society on an even keel and straight course for many years.

 

Purpose

The purpose of this Indexing Project is to provide a means to find the Sheet/Page in the 1940 Census by starting with an approximate address range in the City of Downey.  

Scope

The scope of this Indexing Project is the current (2012) boundaries of the City of Downey (incorporated in 1956), plus enough around the edges to make sure that the entire City is included.

The primary sort is by Street name, then house number.

For Name and other Search Capabilities, see Searchables

Acknowledgements

The original images were downloaded from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The applicable images were transcribed (street- and number-wise) by Hugh T. Hoskins

 

 


 

How To Use This Index

To use this index …

   .-  using a Street name & house number range,

             refer to the alpha-numeric index Sorted by Street,

                  Locally   or remotely at   http://downeyhistoricalsociety.org/CEN1940/sortstrt.pdf

             Note the Enumeration District (ED19nnn) & page number from that same line,

   .-  using the Enumeration District (ED19nnn) & page number, either …

         1.  refer to the printed Census Sheet Pages on our Library shelves

         2.  navigate to the specific ED19nnn/ District sub-directory in this system

                Locally  or remotely at   http://downeyhistoricalsociety.org/CEN1940/

                thence navigate to the LOWRES sub-directory and finally to the Census Page.

3.     go the another system’s on-line viewer

                    http://stevemorse.org/census/viewer1940.html

 

 

 

 


 

Background/Organization/Hierarchy of Census Data

The original Census documents were written in pen and ink on sheets of large forms of paper by employees of the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census. These forms were preprinted back-to-back with location fields, column headings, and sheet number blanks followed alternately by the suffixes A and B for front/back.

 

The location hierarchy is by …

    State

       County

           City (or Township),

                        and the final sub-division is by an area that can be reasonably

                           handled by one person or a small team. This later division is called an

                 Enumeration District or “ED”.

 

In due time some office microfilmed these pages, and the films (at least) are now in the hands of an organization known as the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which has had each individual film frame scanned in a separate -.JPG file.

 

Other than to identify by location, no government agency offers an index of the data.

They do NOT index by the name of the person.

 

The data that is being indexed in this project can be referenced either by

          .-  State/County/ED/Page

          .-  Film/Frame/File

 

How Downey Fits In

In 1940 Downey was an UN-incorporated area of Los Angeles County. There were various boundaries, e.g.,

    .- telephone exchanges

    .- water system

    .- school districts

    .- Judicial Township

most of this census for Downey is along the lines of the latter, but see the ED Descriptions by boundaries …

http://stevemorse.org/ed/ed2.php?year=1940&fromEdFinder=yes&state=CA&county=All+Counties&ed=19-113,19-114,19-115,19-116,19-117,19-118,19-119,19-120,19-121,19-122,19-123,19-124,19-125,19-126,19-127,19-128,19-129,19-130,19-131,19-132,19-133,19-134,19-135,19-136,19-137,19-401,19-403,19-409,19-604A,19-604B,59-138A

Or Locally

 

The Central portion of Downey is in ED#19-133 & 19-137. 

 

Hence the location hierarchy becomes 

    State                                  => CA

       County                            => Los Angeles or 19

           City (or Township),     => Downey Judicial Township

                        and the final sub-division is by an area that can be reasonably

                           handled by one person or a small team. This later division is called an

                 Enumeration District or “ED”   => 19-133, 19-137, and others.

                      Page number within the district.   


 

Availability and On-Line Access

 

After 72 years the records are made public and can be used at select NARA locations.

Also individuals and groups, who are interested, can buy the reels of microfilm and laboriously read the films and take notes or enter the data into tabulating and/or computing equipment for various sorts and compilations.

 

The 1940 Census Microfilms have been scanned into computer -.JPG files by the NARA and are available online linked from the URL …

         http://www.census.gov

         http://1940census.archives.gov/

 

Several groups, e.g., …

    the LDS Church at http://www.familysearch.org

    Ancestry.Com   at http://www.ancestry.com

 offer access to various indexed versions (e.g., by name of the persons listed)  of past censuses and have begun working on the 1940.

For Name and other Search Capabilities, see Searchables


For a handy path to the subject AND OTHER THINGS, see at ...
http://stevemorse.org/

and then

http://stevemorse.org/census/viewer1940.html

http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html

 

and especially the ED Description by boundaries …

http://stevemorse.org/ed/ed2.php?year=1940&fromEdFinder=yes&state=CA&county=All+Counties&ed=19-113,19-114,19-115,19-116,19-117,19-118,19-119,19-120,19-121,19-122,19-123,19-124,19-125,19-126,19-127,19-128,19-129,19-130,19-131,19-132,19-133,19-134,19-135,19-136,19-137,19-401,19-403,19-409,19-604A,19-604B,59-138A

Or Locally

 

The NARA's site is a dog to use.
The Ancestry.com site is smoother and more user friendly; free for a while, will cost later.

HOWEVER, a WHOLE EnumerDist can be downloaded at ONCE from NARA,
 but only one page at a time from Ancestry.com

 

Select a viewer from

          http://stevemorse.org/census/viewer1940.html?state=CA&county=19&ed=133

click the “Ancestry” BUTTON and get there free with NO hassle, e.g., …
http://stevemorse.org/census/viewer1940.php?state=CA&ed=19-137&filename=m-t0627-00226-00612.tif&imageIndex=0&service=ancestry

 


 

Our Holdings

The Holdings of the Downey Historical Society in its Library are …. 

  .-  book of index information to find an ED and pages based on an address

  .-  files of ED’s and pages by number on a PC

  .-  book of printouts of ED’s by number  -- moderate sized pages

  .-  CD/DVD’s of files of ED’s by number

 

Appendix – A

--- Additional Handy Reference Material  ---
Very useful places to start –

http://stevemorse.org/census/viewer1940.html

http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html

Image of original blank Census Sheet/Page -

              http://www.mdgensoc.org/upload/files/1940_census_form_large.pdf

          or  Locally

         the size is 23.875 x 18.5, which is in the ratio is very close to  11x 8.5

A crisp clear image of the column headings –

           http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/1940.pdf

          or  Locally

         be careful to reduce zoom before printing

Downey’s potential ED’s -

   =>    http://stevemorse.org/ed/ed2.php?year=1940&fromEdFinder=yes&state=CA&county=All+Counties&ed=19-113,19-114,19-115,19-116,19-117,19-118,19-119,19-120,19-121,19-122,19-123,19-124,19-125,19-126,19-127,19-128,19-129,19-130,19-131,19-132,19-133,19-134,19-135,19-136,19-137,19-401,19-403,19-409,19-604A,19-604B,59-138A

  =>    or          http://research.archives.gov/description/5825550

  =>                  http://research.archives.gov/description/5865960   a different scheme/notation used in a far-off land.

          Or  Locally

For Name and other Search Capabilities, see Searchables