Reading about it makes me wish I had family in New York City in 1940.
At the Direct Me NYC site, you can look up relatives by last name in digitized 1940 New York City phone books.
Then once you have the person’s address, you can enter it into a search field to find the census enumeration district (ED) number. Clicking the ED links you to the census records on the National Archives 1940 Census site.
In addition, Direct Me NYC pins the address to both a 1940 map and a contemporary map, so you can see how the area has changed. You also can attach a note to the pin, such as memories, names of those who lived there, what the neighborhood was like, or questions for other researchers. Such a neat tool!
“As people use the site, well build a cultural map of New York in 1940 that will assist both professional historians and laypeople alike,” says NYPL spokesperson Kate Stober.