Like many researchers, I was quite excited when the 1940 Federal US Census was released. After all, we only had one known family who would have been recorded in the Census and that was my husband’s Great Grandmother, her second husband and their son. I had successfully managed to build a profile of their life from 1905 when Annie arrived in the US up until the late 1940s, so locating the family in the Census was going to be easy, right?
Wrong! It has been anything but!
Annie & Harry Hindle, both born in Yorkshire migrated in 1905. At that time Annie was married to Charles Worship, and her divorce didn’t become final until 1921 and she married Harry in 1922. I have written fairly extensively over the last couple of years about Annie and Harry Hindle and you can read an earlier post HERE.
|Annie Hindle, Nee Rhodes and Formerly Worship
Taken circa 1921 Passport
I used the Census tracker aligning the address from the 1930 Census but that didn’t reveal the Hindle’s. I searched again using the same method in case I had missed it, but no. I returned to the original material I had and followed the address trail. Passenger lists for 1946 and the burial record of Henry and Annie in 1952 and 1953, respectively revealed the same address so that would be my starting point.
The address in question was 14 North Belfield Ave, Havertown Pennsylvania. The Census locator on The National Archives site uses the streets that intersect as a research guide. This is quite useful, if you know the area, so a search of a map was made. Just as I was about to head to Google Maps, I simply put the address into Google on the off chance it revealed any data. I was surprised to see this page which is really aimed at those buying and selling property, but does give some information. The year the house built is wrong, because we have the passenger lists for 1946, but the site is very useful. There are current review of the area, a detailed description of the house and a close up map with the property pin pointed.
Despite all the hours searching, I still can not find the family in the 1940 Census. There are several possibilities as to why –
- My lack of familiarity with US Counties within the States
- My lack of understanding the framing & recording of the Census route
- The family were in the UK at the point of the Census