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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: if all else fails
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 00:36:49 -0500


"If all else fails, read the instructions." !

> A Look At The Census
>
>
>
> Researching Wards and Enumeration Districts in the 1900 CENSUS
> poses some challenges.
>
>
>
> 1. In 1900, street addresses were not based on the Chicago Grid
> System. There was no way to determine how far
> any 1900 address was from the base lines of State St. and
> Madison St.
> Do not assume any address you obtain from a source
> after 1909 will have the same address in censuses before
> 1909. When researching addresses for a census before
> 1909, the pre 1909 address must be converted to the
> new numbering system.
> For example:
> An address obtained from a 1900 death
> certificate was 602 W. 39th St. This address was at the
> corner of 39th Street and Wentworth Ave. In
> 1930, this same address was changed under the 1909 new
> numbering system to 200 W. 39th St.
>
> 2. In 1900, each street was assigned an address independent of
> the streets parallel to it.
> Do not assume that an address on one street would be in
> a parallel location on the street that is right next to it.
> For example:
> 400 S. Wentworth Ave. would not necessarily be
> parallel to the 400 S. Princeton Ave. address, which is
> the street right next to it.
>
> 3. Before 1909, even and odd numbered addresses were not
> assigned to a specific side of a street. In 1900, Odd
> and Even numbered addresses were assigned on BOTH sides of
> the street.
> For example:
> Before 1909, The address of 603 W. 39th St.
> could be right next door to 604 W. 39th St. and they could
> both be on the same side of the street. After
> 1909, even numbered addresses were assigned to the north
> and west sides of streets and odd numbered
> addresses were assigned to the south and east sides of the
> streets.
> Be sure to remember this when your target
> address is located on a Enumeration District boundary line.
> A pre- 1909 address could be in either ED that
> shares a boundary line.
>
> 4. In 1909, in addition to street NUMBER changes, street NAME
> changes were also assigned.
> After identifying your target ED in the 1900 Census,
> remember that post 1909 street addresses may be
> completely different than the street addresses you find
> in the Census Enumeration District you have
> selected. The 1900 Census will list the addresses and
> street names in existence in 1900.
>
> 5. The 1900 Census Maps on this site include POST 1909
> Directional Coordinates for your convenience.
> Directional Coordinates did not exist for the 1900
> census, but were included on the maps to help you locate
> addresses on current day Chicago Street maps.


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