Tuesday, April 03, 2012

1940 Census: And those abbreviations stand for...

DearREADERS,
The codes may look cryptic, but here is a selected list of the most common abbreviations used by enumerators in the 1940 census. Be sure to join us to SHARE what you found today when perusing the 1940 census images.

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Column Number
and Heading
Codes Used Code Meaning
Column 10:
Color or Race
W
Neg
In
Chi
Jp

Fil

Hin

Kor
White
Negro
Indian
Chinese
Japanese
Filipino
Hindu
Korean
Column 11:
Age at Last Birthday
11/12
10/12
9/12
8/12
7/12
6/12
5/12
4/12
3/12
2/12
1/12
April 1939
May 1939
June 1939
July 1939
August 1939
September 1939
October 1939
November 1939
December 1939
January 1940
February 1940
Column 14:
Highest Grade of
School Completed
0
1 to 8
H-1 to H-4
C1 to C4
C-5
None
Elementary School, 1st to 8th
High School, 1st to 4th year
College, 1st to 4th year
College, 5th year or more
Column 16:
Citizenship of
the Foreign Born
Na
Pa
Al
Am Cit
Naturalized
Having First Papers
Alien
American Citizen Born Abroad
Columns 30 and 47:
Class of Worker
PW
GW

E
OA

NP
Wage/Salary Worker in Private Work
Wage/Salary Worker in Gov't Work
Employer
Working on Own Account
Unpaid Family Worker
Column 41:
War or
Military Service
W
S

SW

R

Ot
World War
Spanish-American War; Philippine
Insurrection or Boxer Rebellion
Spanish-American War & World War
Regular Establishment or
Peace-Time Service
Other War or Expedition


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
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3 comments:

  1. Right to the point. I will Retweet this to save it and put it forward for others. Thank you.

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  2. What about the codes in the columns between some of the numbered columns? Where are those numbers explained?

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