Sunday, April 1, 2012

1940 Enumeration District Maps: Something found, something missing

We Ancestry Aces have been asked to take an advanced peek at the Enumeration District maps and play around with them.  The ED maps are running hot and cold for me.

I noted in my last post, the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post about guessing my ancestor's 1940 census data, that I have no real clue where my parents were in 1940.  I looked at my father's U.S. Navy service record, and there is some indication, by no means conclusive, that they may have been in California, and I suspect that I might find them with his brother Jack in Glendale.

I called up the ED map for Glendale, California, and was right in their neighborhood.  It took me no time at all, remembering what I could of the layout of the streets when I visited Uncle Jack and Aunt Billie in 1962, to find their street and their house's location.  They are in the Sonora Precinct.  There is no ED number, as such, on the map, but at least knowing the precinct may help.  I know that my aunt and uncle at one time owned another house on a nearby street, which I also easily found,  though whether they owned it in 1940, I do not know.  So I do have a place to at least check in the census on Monday for the whereabouts of my parents in 1940.

I also thought I would try to find my husband's father's family.  He had not married my mother-in-law at that time; that didn't happen until 1944.  But in 1940, my (future) father-in-law lived with his parents, and I know exactly where it is from family records my husband and I have, and from actually visiting the house as a young girl, when my then-future husband and I were friends (and, yes, we still are, after 41 years of marriage).

However, when I went to the map for Jacksonville, Florida, I was disappointed.  The only map that shows for Jacksonville itself (as the city limits were in those days) is the north side.  My husband's parents lived on the south side, which, until the 1930s, was the separate town of South Jacksonville.  But that part is not there at all.  There is another link under Duval County, the county where Jacksonville sits, which says "other places."  Those other places are only those to the northwest of Jacksonville (as the city limits were in those days).  Strike two.

The third link under Duval County shows what is today known as the Riverside area, to the west, across the St. Johns River, from the south side.  Strike three.  The area where my future father-in-law and his parents and sister lived is just not included in the maps.  I cannot imagine why.  There is no link marked "South Jacksonville," either.  It just ain't there.

Do the maps for the south side of Jacksonville just not exist?  At least I thought I would see the St. Johns river, but on the first two maps, Jacksonville and "other places," it does not show up, because the maps are too far north.  The third map, of Riverside, shows the river and one tiny corner of Southside, called "Hendricks Point," which is where the Acosta Bridge and the railroad bridge next to it span the river.  Duval County was not much different than it is today, as far as its boundaries are concerned, and certainly included Southside, or South Jacksonville, at the time.

Or is it that the map I require has not been uploaded yet?   Let me hold out hope that such is the case, and that I will find the Southside, or South Jacksonville (some old-timers still call it that) when the time comes for me to search for my father-in-law in the census.

Oh, well.  I'm 50% so far, anyway.

1 comment:

Jenna said...

50% is nothing to be ashamed of! I've looked at the tools the Steve Morse site offers, but haven't done any real research on the ED's I need. I think I plan on letting some of the hoop-la die down before I start my search!