Archive for April 3rd, 2012


1940 Census – Day 2

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Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Oregon and Virginia census returns are available for indexing. When I started this morning, Colorado was marked as  highest priority, so I indexed one batch. When I submitted that batch and went to the download screen to see what was available, Delaware was marked as highest priority.

I did have some issues with the enumerator’s handwriting. It was mostly clear, but a little fancy – I had a little trouble distinguishing between a capital C and a capital E. But I think I got it right.

I did check and run a search for people where I was unsure if I got the spelling right, hoping to find them in the 1930 census, and I did. The other issue with the enumerator’s handwriting was that he or she scribbled over a couple of spots, and one birthplace I couldn’t figure out. But when I saw the person’s daughter was born in Nebraska (confirmed by the 1930 census), I could then tell that the mother was, as well.

It’s always a matter of chance whether you will get a record with clear handwriting or not, so I look the document over before I start to see if I think I can read it. If it’s something I don’t think I can read, I return it. I do this with copperplate writing – it’s very pretty and decorative, but I just can’t get it.

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After a break of a couple of hours, I went back to indexing. Delaware didn’t show up, so I did another batch of Colorado names. This time it was all men living in a residential hotel. Most were in their 40s and 50s and single, although some other ages popped up, as well as marital statuses.

What I found here was that on some of the men who listed their marital status as married, the M was crossed out and a 7 was written by it. I asked on a Facebook thread started by Family Search Indexing and someone said just put in the M for married.

Had some trouble with names this time, and it looked like three different people had filled this form out.

Going to do a Florida batch next. Delaware disappeared, reappeared and disappeared again. I wonder if that state is nearly done.

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I also went back and looked at recent arbitration on my indexing. There is a way to have them look at your work again if you disagree with the arbitrator.

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Finished a batch from Florida. The page had four different sets of handwriting, the household numbers skipped around and it seemed that the page was used to finish areas that didn’t have enough names for a whole page. But it’s done. I’ll have to check the arbitration later.

The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 3, 1914

Minkel Renamed for Superintendent of Public Schools

Domestic Science Courses for Vacation Time

New Committees Named

L.H. Minkel was reelected superintendent of schools by the board of education at their meeting Thursday night. Mr. Minkel has been in the city in charge of the schools for the last three years and during that time has helped make them the best in the state.

The board authorized Mr. Minkel to outline plans for a domestic science course to be offered during the summer vacation. The idea of the board is to use the equipment as many months in the year as is possible. Details of the course are now being worked out by Mr. Minkel. Courses offered will be in sewing, dressmaking, millinery and cooking. A small tuition will be charged to pay for the expense of instruction.

President C.F. Duncombe announced new committees at the recent meeting. The committee on Casual Supplies and Equipment is constituted by Messrs. Thompson, Williams, Beresford and McCreight. Teachers and schools – Messrs. Williams, Thompson, Nelson and Files. Buildings and repairs – Beresford, Thompson, McCreight and Nelson. Finance and accounting – Messrs. Nelson, Thompson, Williams and Files. Rules and course of study – Files, Beresford, McCreight and Williams.

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