The 1940s Census is here! And it works!

Ancestry Library has finished uploading all of the 1940 Census images to its database.  They are now working on indexing—at this posting, Delaware was finished and everything else is pending.

Meanwhile, you can find your relatives by browsing the right Enumeration District (ED).

An Enumeration District is a geographical area assigned to a census taker.   City directories and other resources can help you determine your relative’s address during a census year.  An Enumeration Map will tell you in which ED that address is located.

The Enumeration Districts for Davenport are ED 82-19 to ED 82-69 and ED 82-67. Institutions such as hospitals, orphanages and boarding schools had their own EDs.

On Monday morning, the first searches we tried (and were successful in downloading) were for the Iowa Soldier’s Orphan’s Home, AKA the Annie Wittenmyer Home (ED 82-51) and the Catholic  orphanage in Davenport, St. Vincent’s Home (ED 82-36)

There were 559 children living at the Iowa Soldier’s Orphan’s Home and 56 at St. Vincent’s.  In 1930, there were 598 children at Annie Wittenmyer and 96 children at St. Vincent’s. The census not only lists the orphaned children living in the home, but also employees, including teachers, caretakers and administrators.

Exciting stuff for historians and genealogists!


(posted by Cristina)

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3 Responses to The 1940s Census is here! And it works!

  1. Margaret J Brunette says:

    I am looking for four McIntyre children who were placed in an orphanage or foster homes in Iowa when their father died of diabities. Three of the names are Richard,
    Paul and Franny. They were later adopted by aunts and uncles McIntyre and
    White. Their mother had TB but recovered, but by that time the children were
    farmed out to relatives.

    • SCblogger says:

      Ms. Brunette,

      If you would care to e-mail our Center ( with your request, we would be glad to search the 1940s Census on your behalf!

  2. I just found my brother Richard Arlen Davis for the first time. My father died when I was three years old and being a family of 10 kids we were taken from my mother some of us in foster homes and some adopted. My brother told me he came to this home with my brother Jerry or could be Gerald Davis. He told me that they were taken from our home when he was 10 saying they were eating all the food… My brother Richard is 15 years older than me and Jerry is 13 years older than me.. My dad was a veteran served in World War II came home after almost three years a prisoner of war at the fall of Bataan.
    I do not understand my brothers being taken away and placed in the Annie Whittenmyer home for orphaned children. My brother said he was there until he was 17 when he joined the military. I do not think that my brothers were put there because they were eating all the food being 15 years older than myself I was not born yet and I do not believe any of my brothers an sisters were born yet either and would like to find out more and the times my brothers where in the home. My brother Jerry I was told robbed the post office and served time in prison. We are trying to piece back time why my brothers were taken from the home. If we could find the dates they were there and why it would be very helpful to us. We are a family of 10 and grew up in different homes. I have met three brothers and grew up with my twin brother. I have four sisters and a half sister that I have met. The rest I do not know anything about.
    I am so happy that you have kept records so it should not be hard to find out about my brothers…
    Thank You

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