Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1940 Census - What Data to be Captured

I have been doing some indexing of the 1940 Federal U. S. Census, trying to get an idea of what is being indexed. Interesting project.

It has been helpful to read and understand what information is on the Census Form, and then to identify what information that I want to capture. Each of us will have a different pieces of information that will be recorded in our database. I have done this with each census year.

Here is the list of columns on the 1940 Census Form:
  • Bold I am entering information into a Fact 
  • Bold and Red is what is being Indexed and Entering into a Fact
  • Blue being Indexed not being entered

1940
00 - Line
01 - Street *
02 - House Number *
03 - No of household in order of visitation
04 - Own / Rent
05 - Value of home / monthly rent
06 - Farm Y/N
07 - Name *
08 - Relationship *
09 - Sex *
10 - Color / Race
11 - Age at last birthday (1) *
12 - Marital status *
13 - Attended school or college at any time since March 1, 1940
14 - Highest grade of school (2) *
15 - Place of Birth *
16 - Citizenship
17 - Residence April 1, 1935 (3) *
18 - County
19 - State
20 - On the Farm (Y/N)
21 - At Work 3/24/1940 (Y/N)
22 - At Work 3/24/1940 for WPA / NYA CCC
23 - Seeking Work
24 - Have a job
25 - H, Homework, S School, U Unable to work, O other
26 - Hours worked week of 3/24-30/1940
27 - Duration of employ in weeks, up to 03/30/1940
28 - Occupation *
29 - Industry *
30 - Class of Worker
31 - Number of weeks worked in 1939
32 - Wages received
33 - +$50 from other sources othern then 32
34 - # of Farm Schedule

Supplementry Questions:

35 - Name *
36 - Father *
37 - Mother *
38 - Mother Tongue
39 - Veteran *
40 - If child, father vet? *
41 - War of Military Service (4) *
42 - SS # #
43 - Benefit from SS
44
45 - Usual Occupation
46 - Usual Industry
47 - Usual class of worker
48 - Has woman been married more than once
39 - Age at first Marriage
50 - Number of children ever born.


(1) 1 after 04/01/1939 (Will use Date Calculator and enter "Abt YYYY"
(2) 0 none, 1 - 8, H1 - H4, C1 - C4, C5 (Education Fact)
(3) City (R = 2,600 or less)
(4) W - World War, S - Spanish-American War, SW - Spanish American War & World War, R - Regular, Peace-Time, Ot - Other war or expedition

There are a number of websites that have the blank 1940 Census Forms.

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