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Offline J.R.E.

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Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:15:33 AM »
Has anyone started looking into the 1940 census that's been released to the public?

We're currently looking up ( or trying to find Ed's grandfather) who in 1940 was living on East 140th street in the Bronx. with his wife and three kids, one of which is Ed's mother ( Ed has the exact address)

So we have these pages to go through; ( so Far)  :P

http://1940census.archives.gov/search/?search.census_year=1940&search.city=&search.county=Bronx%20County&search.page=1&search.result_type=image&search.state=NY&search.street=140th%20E#searchby=location&searchmode=browse&year=1940




Get started here:


http://1940census.archives.gov/search/#searchby=location&searchmode=browse&year=1940



If I heard correctly on the news today, you will be able to search alphabetically, in about 6-8 months.


"Census Schedules" show the written name.  Kind of cool !!  :)

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« Last Edit: April 03, 2012, 08:20:50 AM by J.R.E. »
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 10:14:58 AM »
Can I ask a clue-free question?  Why were these census answers held secret for 72 years?  Do they always lock and key a census?  I thought that stuff was pretty much open information.
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 10:27:11 AM »
Can I ask a clue-free question?  Why were these census answers held secret for 72 years?  Do they always lock and key a census?  I thought that stuff was pretty much open information.

Presumably until the respondents are dead.

Who knew Ray would live this long? :)

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 10:30:36 AM »
Can I ask a clue-free question?  Why were these census answers held secret for 72 years?  Do they always lock and key a census?  I thought that stuff was pretty much open information.

I think what is normally released is summary information. This current release includes all of the detailed data down to the individual person which has a 72 year confidentiality clause. Would you want your own personal information released every 10 years with your name and address? No.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 10:39:52 AM »

Here's a little more info:

"Day said the census is only released every 72 years for privacy concerns, and it will be available online for free until December 2013. Then, people will have to pay to access the data or visit a local library to see the records"

People looking for details about their family history over 70 years ago will have the 1940 Federal Census to reference. It was released to the public Monday morning.

The Public Library of Steubenville will have the census information available to the community, which includes data down to the street where residents lived in 1940, according to library officials.

"You could put in like, John Doe, and Jefferson County, Ohio, and it would give you all the matches," said Sandy Day, a local historian and genealogist with Steubenville library. "You would see the actual image, just like the paper image from when the information was taken."

Even though the data is going online now, Day said all of it won't be immediately available.

"A lot of people are going to be indexing that, taking each name, and the county and state they were in and the page they were on," said Day, explaining the process of indexing thousands of data in the census. "Eventually, they can find all those people."

Looking back to the 1930 census of Jefferson County, the population was over 37,000, which is more than double the current population due to the influx of jobs in the steel industry.

"The steel mills that we have here was a big draw for the immigrants that would come into this country," said Day. "They would hear it from their family members that this is a good area to come and get a good job."

Day said the census is only released every 72 years for privacy concerns, and it will be available online for free until December 2013. Then, people will have to pay to access the data or visit a local library to see the records.

It will take until the end of the year for volunteers to finish indexing all of the 1940 census data, Day said.

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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2012, 10:53:21 AM »
Would you want your own personal information released every 10 years with your name and address? No.

And yet most people will tweet when they take a shit these days.

I do understand, though, in principle. 
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2012, 11:00:14 AM »
And yet most people will tweet when they take a shit these days.

I do understand, though, in principle.

Tweet!


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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2012, 11:01:10 AM »
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/1940-census-website-bombarded-visitors-22-million-hits-4-hours-article-1.1054951

1940 Census website bombarded with visitors, gets 22 million hits in 4 hours
Millions flock to site to look up family details

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:49 AM
   
      

Interest in the 1940 Census on the National Archives website is so great that the government website with the information was nearly paralyzed on Monday.
AP
Interest in the 1940 Census on the National Archives website is so great that the government website with the information was nearly paralyzed on Monday.
File photo provided by the University of Texas at Arlington Library shows an image of a poster used for promotional efforts during the 1940 Census.
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File photo provided by the University of Texas at Arlington Library shows an image of a poster used for promotional efforts during the 1940 Census.

Interest in the newly released 1940 U.S. census is so great that the government website with the information was nearly paralyzed shortly after the records became available to the public for the first time.

Miriam Kleiman, spokeswoman for the U.S. National Archives, told The Associated Press that the site registered more than 22 million hits in just four hours on Monday, from almost 2 million users. In a tweet posted after 5 p.m. on its official Twitter account, the archives said the website had received 37 million hits since the information was released at 9 a.m.

Computer experts were working on the site to bring it up to speed as soon as possible. A notice posted on the website early Tuesday said some improvements had been made and that “further enhancements” would be made on Tuesday. The public was thanked for its patience.

The government released the records for the first time after 72 years of confidentiality expired.

It’s the largest collection of digital information ever released by the National Archives. The records allow individuals and families to learn details about their past.

Susan Cooper, a second spokeswoman, said the problems began as soon as the information was released on the website. She termed the problems a “virtual traffic jam.”

“The problem is, we just weren’t expecting the huge volume that we got,” Cooper said.

“We’re adding a lot more servers, a lot more muscle to the website,” she said.

Bob Timmermann, 46, a librarian from Tujunga, Calif., said the lure of the 1940 census is that, “You find out if what your parents told you about their lives was actually true.”

He said he had tried for several hours Monday to access data, but was unsuccessful. “People just need to be patient,” he said.

More than 21 million people still alive in the U.S. and Puerto Rico were counted in the 1940 census. The census followed a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

Monday’s release includes digitized records for details on 132 million people. Access to the records is free and open to anyone online, but they are not yet searchable by name.

For now, researchers will need an address to determine a census enumeration district — a way to carve up the map for surveying — to identify where someone lived and then browse the records.

Every decade since 1942, the National Archives has made available records from past censuses. The records, which include names, addresses and income and employment information, are rich with long-veiled personal details.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/1940-census-website-bombarded-visitors-22-million-hits-4-hours-article-1.1054951#ixzz1qzQVIOB2
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2012, 11:41:57 AM »
What does it say when I'm pretty sure my family was doing basically the same thing in 1940 that they are doing now?
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2012, 11:49:27 AM »
What does it say when I'm pretty sure my family was doing basically the same thing in 1940 that they are doing now?

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2012, 12:58:52 PM »
This thread prompted me to call my dad and ask him what he was doing in 1940. He graduated high school in 1940 at age 16 in a small town called New Edinburg, Arkansas. He said he placed fourth in a state mathematics competition that year. My grandmother worked as a rural school teacher and they moved every year, residing in boarding houses, because she was always trying to find a better job. My grandfather traveled around as part of a government work program and visited a couple of times a year.  My dad emailed a photo of around that time.


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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2012, 01:05:49 PM »
My father would have been 19 and in his first year of college at Marshall University, though it was just a "college" at that time and certainly not well known for football. I can even find his house on google-maps without asking him, as my grandparents still lived there once I was born.

ps: this is the grandfather who was once a rum runner during Prohibition :)
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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2012, 01:49:27 PM »
ps: this is the grandfather who was once a rum runner during Prohibition :)

My grandfather was also into illegal activities during Prohibition.  The very land my parents' house sits on was once an airstrip to run moonshine in and out. 

I come from outlaw stock. 

I was going to say earlier that that is probably the main thing different between family activities then and now. 
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Re: Release of the 1940 census to the public...
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2012, 03:26:07 PM »
I went to the site to look up my great grandpa but you can't search by name yet and I don't know his street address.  Since I knew him for 10 years when I was a boy, I am wondering what the data could possible tell us about people we already know. 
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