Linda, fellow member of the Columbia County Genealogical Society (CCGS), posted this dilemma on the CCGS’s mailing list:
“I am stymied. I know the Jung family lived in NYC or New Jersey in 1940. I have tried to find Grace Jung b. 1901,d. 1970 Teaneck, N.J, Her husband, Edward Jung b. 1899, d. 1952 Hoboken. Both were born in or around NYC. They had 4 children:
- Katherine b.1920, married William Shaw so she may not show asJung but she is not listed as Shaw either.
- Edward b. 1922
- Walter b.1927--- (my husbands father)
- Charles b. 1930
I know they were there. I tried alternate spellings.... Yung, Young, Sung. No luck. why am I unable to find them?”
Myself and other members of the group started searching the 1940 looking for this family. I want to show you why they were so elusive. Here is the image from Ancestry.com. You can see that the image is blurred. This family’s surname was indexed by Ancestry.com as Jerry.
1940 U.S. census, Hudson County, New Jersey, population schedule, Weehawken Township,Ward 3, enumeration district (ED) 346, sheet 3B, p. 4320 (stamped), household 60, Edward Jung household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 05 March 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T627, roll 2353.
Rhonda (another CCGS member) tried FamilySearch and found the family indexed correctly as Jung. The image on FamilySearch is equally blurry but the indexer figured out the correct name. Always check another index if you are having a problem finding someone.
Here is another hint. if you have a hard to read image try looking at that page on another site (Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Heritage Quest, Internet Archives, and NARA if you happen to be searching the 1940). Even though all of these websites start with the same microfilm, they use different digitizing equipment and enhancement techniques so what looks unreadable on one could be perfectly clear on another.
One more thing, if you get stuck like Linda did, ask someone else to take a look. Sometimes that is all it takes.
Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis