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American help, please.

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Kuros

Kuros Report 25 Apr 2013 18:38

This isn't strictly an ancestor but I don't know where else to put it so please don't shout at me but feel free to redirect me.

I need some advice from our friends across the water. My mother has produced from the mists of time a photograph of a lady she never met but knew as Betty. She said this girl was a pen friend of my father and he used to meet up with her when he was in Canada during the war. There is an address in Boston on the back of the photograph which I don't want to put on here because there's a chance Betty is still alive. She would be about eighty-eight.

My mother is very anxious that I find out what happened to Betty and/or her family. I don't know why she is so determined but I said I'd do what I can. Then I realised I don't know where to start. I'd be very grateful if anyone can give me any advice, although I think this is a lost caus


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Apr 2013 18:54

If Betty was at that address in the 40s she may be on the 1941 census. I am not sure if it is searchable by address so it might mean a very long trawl through, you might be able to narrow down the enumeration area though?

Kuros

Kuros Report 25 Apr 2013 19:01

Thanks, Rose. Do you know if it's online through a subscription site?

Annie

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Apr 2013 19:11

I know it's on Ancestry may be on somewhere else too i think, hopefully someone else will know. If you don't have a sub I can have a look and see if I can pin down an area?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Apr 2013 19:16

perhaps this might be of help for maps?

http://www.cityofboston.gov/maps/

Kuros

Kuros Report 25 Apr 2013 19:25

Thanks again, Rose. I've had a quick look and there's a link there to Massachusetts Archives. I'll have a closer look when I've finished cooking.

Annie

BeverleyW

BeverleyW Report 25 Apr 2013 22:12

FamilySearch has the 1940 census free but I don't know if you can search by address either.

mgnv

mgnv Report 25 Apr 2013 22:16

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1®ion=UNITED_STATES
has the 1930 & 1940 censuses. 88 is too young for Mass births & marrs, but if she kept her surname, you might find her on the US Social Security death index, also at the above URL

NB On US censuses, the addy is in 2 parts: the street is written along the left margin; the house # is in (I think) col 1.

Kuros

Kuros Report 26 Apr 2013 00:36

Thanks, everyone, I've got plenty to look at there. She wasn't married in the early 1940s and, from what I've been told, she wasn't married when my parents got married which was in 1948. I think that's when they lost contact with each other. Bedtime now, back to Betty tomorrow.

Annie

mgnv

mgnv Report 26 Apr 2013 05:38

If you don't find her at the addy you know, but want to see who's at that addy in 1940:
On the 1940 FS search screen, just above the Last Name box, you can click "Explore Images by Location"

In this case first try:
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/how-to-convert-a-1940-street-address-to-an-enumeration-district-number/548