I was able to convert the known street address to the Enumeration District at the Steve Morse website at:
It is important to enter into the Steve Morse ED Finder not only the street address of interest but the cross-streets that intersect the location so it can calculate for you the one ED to look at rather than giving you multiple ED locations.
I then went over to the National Archives Census website where I could input the ED information into the search field provided by the National Archives. You can get to the National Archives (NARA) website at:
It did not take too long, but very shortly the ED was found. It was a 28 image file of the total pages for the ED. I found my grandfather’s information on Page 4 of the 28 images. I felt lucky with this because you cannot enter in a specific page of the multi-page set of images and see if you can find something faster. You have to go page-by-page until you find what you seek.
Remember Murphy’s Law — if you have a 28 page set of images, the one that applies to you is going to be number 28! (Thank goodness for me that was not the case.)
I did discover two interesting points — my grandfather stated he had a 4th grade education and that my father was not living in the house (or could he have been omitted??) at the time of the census. I was surprised at that and now will need to wait until the indexing is completed to find him.
I do want to remind everyone that the 1940 Census has 2 lines at the bottom of the page in which pre-set selected line numbers of those responding were then asked to respond to additional questions. My suggestion is to look at the posting I made the other day on the 1940 Census Template and download the form to see what these supplemental questions were. You can see that posting at:
Your ancestor may have been one of the lucky ones selected for this added information. You have to scroll all the way down the image to discover this. Don’t get too excited about finding your ancestral information higher up in the page and then forget to check out the “supplemental” questions.
None of the members of my grandfather’s household fell into this “supplemental” questioning.
All in all, I am very happy with the fairly easy effort I had to expend today to find my grandfather’s information. I think NARA responded quite well to the system crashes they were experiencing yesterday on the first day of the release. It was not too painfully long today to find what I did.
Be patient as the system processing gets better as the initial surge of those searching dissipates somewhat over the next few weeks.
I wish all of you as much luck as I seemed to have in finding the information for my grandfather.
Schaumburg Township District Library