Tuesday, April 03, 2012

1940 Census: Forms make transcribing easier

DearREADERS,
Is the cryptic handwriting in the 1940 US census making your eyes get fuzzy? How about using this "fillable"  and printable extraction form to  make things a little easier for you? Thanks to NARA for providing these resources.

Then joining us again today in another webinar session where folks are SHARING what they've found. Register at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/515167334.

1940 Census FormsSource: http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/general-info.html#guideThe 1940 census questionnaire was printed on 23 3/4" x 12 1/2" paper. These double sided forms provided space for 40 entries on each side plus two additional lines for the 5% sample questions. The reverse side was identical except that lines were numbered 41 to 80, and the sample-line numbers were different.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

12 comments:

  1. Pat - I could not get on the Webinar last night - and I cannot find your email - Yes I am new and it shows......I would like to be there tonight ...
    Thanks Mary

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  2. Here's the link with info for the webinar and the sign-up link.

    http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2012/03/reminder-dearmyrtles-nightly-1940.html

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  3. Thanks, but I was signed up - is it because I may have signed up twice not realizing I wasn't supposed to??? Got one confirmation email - should I use that link to try again tonight? Thanks Again Mary

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  4. Use the link in the confirmation email, Mary. You get one when you register, and then one just before the webinar as a reminder.

    Hopefully we'll see you in the room tonight!
    Myrt :)

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  5. Has anyone tried the fillable PDF form yet? I am having trouble with it.

    When I enter info in the fields, then move on to the next tabs, it will often replace what I have entered with other information I type (so, for example: put in house #, # of house visited, Own or rent; later put in Sex, Color, Marital status - it will replace the former with the latter - so I may end up with "M" for house #, etc.). It will change some fields and not others (names have stayed put, for example).

    The fillable form is savable, but no good if it doesn't enter data properly.

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    1. Have the same exact problem. The person or organization the developed the form needs to fix it before the form would be any good to use.

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  6. Thanks Myrt for the links to the forms. I had the legal size template but not the fillable form. Love that!

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  7. @Anonymous I had the exact problem. I'm on the hunt now for a better fillable version.

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  8. That fillable form is NOT fillable! It's useless to me

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  9. It is July 20, 2012 and the "fillable" form is still not fixed....

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  10. it is December 14, 2012 and it is still not fixed yet. I'm having the same problems.

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  11. The fillable 1940 census pdf was obtained from the National Archives web site and contains numerous errors. I sent them the following email:

    The 1940 Census fillable pdf form (NA 14129) available on your website at www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/1940-census-form-fillable.pdf contains serious errors and is therefore essentially unusable. You might want to fix the form. The following is a list of all of the errors I encountered with this form:

    A value typed on any line in column 2 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in column 9.
    A value typed on any line in column 3 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in column 10.
    A value typed on any line in column 4 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in column 11.
    A value typed on any line in column 5 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in column 12.
    A value typed on any line in column 6 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in columns 13, 14, 16, 20, 30 and 31.
    A value typed on any line in column 28 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in columns 29, 32 and 33.
    A value typed in column 27, line 1 is automatically transferred to column 27, lines 4 and 5.
    A value typed in column 27, line 2 is automatically transferred to column 27, line 6.
    A value typed in column 27, line 3 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in column 27, line 7.
    A value typed on any line in column 28 is automatically transferred to the corresponding line in columns 29, 32 and 33.
    A value typed on line 14, column 36 is automatically transferred to line 14, column 39.
    A value typed on line 14, column 37 is automatically transferred to line 14, columns 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 48, 49 and 50.
    A value typed on line 14, column 45 is automatically transferred to line 14, column 46.
    A value typed on line 29, column 36 is automatically transferred to line 29, column 39.
    A value typed on line 29, column 37 is automatically transferred to line 29, columns 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 48, 49 and 50.
    A value typed on line 29, column 45 is automatically transferred to line 29, column 46.

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