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1940 Census Information

The 1940 Census was released April 2 by the National Archives. Unfortunately, it has not been indexed, yet. Volunteers are busily indexing at various sites, including FamilySearch.org, where you may volunteer to index, too.

To use the 1940 census, you will need to know where your ancestor may have been living. Using maps and enumeration descriptions can narrow down that information. Once you have the enumeration district, you can view that district page by page to locate your ancestor.

Steve Morse's Unified 1940 Enumeration District Finder

National Archives 1940 Census Viewer

Blank 1940 Census Form (pdf from National Archives)

Blank Census Forms (including 1940, from Ancestry.com)

Those researching Craven County's EDs 25-20 and 25-27 will be pleasantly surprised. The census taker recorded the towns and counties of birth for the people, and not just the state of birth as required.

Craven County's EDs are:
ED 25-1: TOWNSHIP 1, VANCEBORO TOWN, FARM LIFE SCHOOL,
ED 25-2:
TOWNSHIP 1 OUTSIDE VANCEBORO TOWN E AND SE OF NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD, ERNUL (PART),
ED 25-3:
TOWNSHIP 1 OUTSIDE VANCEBORO TOWN W AND NW OF NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD AND E OF SWIFT CREEK, ERNUL (PART),
ED 25-4:
TOWNSHIP 1 W OF SWIFT CREEK AND NE OF STATE ROAD 118,
ED 25-5:
TOWNSHIP 1 W OF SWIFT CREEK AND SW OF STATE ROAD 118,
ED 25-6:
TOWNSHIP 2, BRIDGETON TOWN,
ED 25-7:
TOWNSHIP 2 OUTSIDE BRIDGETON TOWN
ED 25-8: TOWNSHIP 3, COVE CITY TOWN,
ED 25-9:
TOWNSHIP 3, DOVER TOWN,
ED 25-10:
TOWNSHIP 3 NE OF U.S. ROAD 70, FORT BARNWELL (PART),
ED 25-11:
TOWNSHIP 3 OUTSIDE COVE CITY AND DOVER TOWNS SW OF U.S. ROAD 70 AND NE OF ATLANTIC & NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD, FORT BARNWELL (PART),
ED 25-12:
TOWNSHIP 3 OUTSIDE COVE CITY AND DOVER TOWNS SW OF ATLANTIC & NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD,
ED 25-13:
TOWNSHIP 5, BLADES, NORTH HARLOWE
ED 25-14: TOWNSHIP 6, HAVELOCK,
ED 25-15:
TOWNSHIP 7 E OF ATLANTIC & NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD, GRANTHAM (PART), JAMES CITY (PART),
ED 25-16:
TOWNSHIP 7 W OF ATLANTIC & NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD, GRANTHAM (PART), JAMES CITY (PART),
ED 25-17:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 1 BOUNDED BY (N) BROAD; (E) NEUSE RIVER; (S) TRENT RIVER; (W) MIDDLE
ED 25-18: TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 2 BOUNDED BY (N) WARD LINE; (E) NEUSE RIVER; (S) BROAD; (W) HANCOCK; ALSO CRAVEN COUNTY JAIL, ST. PAUL'S CONVENT,
ED 25-19: TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 3 BOUNDED BY (N) QUEEN; (E) HANCOCK, BROAD, MIDDLE; (S) TRENT RIVER; (W) GEORGE,
ED 25-20:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 4 BOUNDED BY (N) NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD; (E) WEST EXTENDED, WEST; (S) MAIN, MAIN EXTENDED, CITY LIMITS; (W) CITY LIMITS,
ED 25-21:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 4, EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL (NEGRO) [No Population, just empty schedules]
25-22: TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 4 BOUNDED BY (N) MAIN EXTENDED, MAIN; (E) GREEN, CEDAR, RICHARDSONS ALLEY, ELM, CARROLL; (S) BROAD, CITY LIMITS; (W) CITY LIMITS,
ED 25-23:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 4 BOUNDED BY (N) MAIN; (E) WEST, QUEEN, GEORGE; (S) BROAD; (W) CARROLL, ELM, RICHARDSONS ALLEY, CEDAR, GREEN,
ED 25-24:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 4 BOUNDED BY (N) ATLANTIC COAST LINE RAILROAD, BROAD; (E) GEORGE; (S) CITY LIMITS; (W) CITY LIMITS; ALSO ST. JOSEPH'S CONVENT, ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL AND NURSES HOME
ED 25-25: TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 4 BOUNDED BY CITY LIMITS, BROAD; ATLANTIC COAST LINE RAILROAD, CITY LIMITS; CITY LIMITS,
ED 25-26:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 5 BOUNDED BY (N) CITY LIMITS; (E) NEUSE RIVER; (S) NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD; (W) NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD,
ED 25-27:
TOWNSHIP 8, NEW BERN CITY WARD 5 BOUNDED BY (N) NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD; (E) NEUSE RIVER; (S) WARD LINE, QUEEN; (W) WEST, WEST EXTENDED,
ED 25-28:
TOWNSHIP 8 OUTSIDE NEW BERN CITY, CLARK, CRAVEN COUNTY HOME FOR THE AGED AND INFIRM
ED 25-29: TOWNSHIP 9 NE OF ATLANTIC & NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD,
ED 25-30:
TOWNSHIP 9 SW OF ATLANTIC & NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD