When my mother was 3 years old, she was living at the above address. When you lived in a rural area, you did not have street names and house numbers. All I had was this address I pulled from her baby book. A rural mail route is not something you can enter directly into the 1940 Census One-Step tool at SteveMorse.org. Since I had a general idea of where they lived, I was going to need to view the Enumeration District Maps. Here is the process I went through.
- Found the ED maps for King County, Washington through SteveMorse.org which will redirect to the images at the National Archives.
- I first viewed the maps for Kent, Washington. These only included the town and the not the rural area I needed.
- Next I viewed all of the maps listed for King County that were not tied to a city. There were 28 maps to view.
- Found the general area on map 22 of 28. See highlighted yellow area.
- From this map I thought they would either be in Meridian (17-134) or Suise Creek (17-190) district. I downloaded both of the districts, went through all the images and did not find them. Then I noticed some faint writing to the left of the yellow highlighted area. It was Russell district. I had a hard time making out the ED number and thought it was 17-177. To make sure, I used the Unified 1940 Census ED Finder to confirm this.
- I called up all of the Enumeration Districts in King County, Washington by entering the State and County and then clicking on the Get 1940 Ed Number(s) button.
- This will bring up all the ED numbers for the selected criteria.
- Click on the radio button next to 1940 ED Description and then click on the ED number. This will take you the Enumeration District Description.
I have now confirmed that Russell Election Precinct is indeed number 17-177.
- I downloaded the enumeration district images from NARA and started reviewing. On the 12th image, I found my mom’s family.
I have to say that I am glad the initial release of the 1940 Census images are not indexed. This is really forcing us to understand so much about the records and locations we are researching as well as the other record groups that exist. This has been a very fun and educational process so far!