Birds Eye Views
Rhode Island Census Maps
To help you use the 1940 census data.
The Census Maps show
"Enumeration Districts" in each city and town. These "ED's" are
the key to finding the actual census lists made by each 1940
The actual maps used by the census
bureau in 1940 have been scanned by the National Archives and are available
here in a convenient format. Of special value are the whole maps we have
made (combined in Photoshop) from the multi-scan images at the
Archives. The larger on-line maps at the Archives are scanned in 4 or
more pieces and they can be difficult to use.
To see the originals,
use the Steve Morse
Typical Census Map
Town of Orange, MA
The Census Bureau acquired street maps for
every community, and used the maps to outline
areas for the census takers ("Enumerators") to visit.
These "Enumeration Districts", also known as EDs, are designated on the maps
by numbers like 6-51.
maps do not tell us where people lived - they just show the roads
that each enumerator travelled.
The 1940 census records are not
indexed by name when they are first released. They are grouped by ED. So to look up your family
records (if you know where they lived), you need to use these maps to
find the ED. You can then peruse the records for that district.
Most of the maps are simple road maps.
Close-up of Downtown Orange
screen view (do not click here!)
maps are organized by counties. After you select your
county you will see a screen like this.
Small arrows in the
upper right corner let you scroll through the maps.
To see the full
map, click on the thumbnail view.
Some towns appear on a single map, but many appear on county-wide maps,
so if you don't see your town listed, look for a county map.
Some readers may want prints of
the maps instead of the free on line copies. We sell prints (not to
scale) by county groups, for $20 postpaid. These are the original
prints from the archives and include the multi-image maps.
If you want a set of 11x17 original prints*
(complete county only), the charge is $20,
Maps are shipped rolled in a tube, First
(* we send the original prints from the
archives, not the prints we have combined)
There are two ways to order:
1) Credit Card:
2) MAIL: Print out a copy of this page. Write which prints you want.
Mail a check/money to:
Old Maps PO Box 54, West Chesterfield, NH 03466
Or call 413-772-2801 or send an