The image below comes from a page from the 1940 US Census:

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The page header from the Census is a poor scan. While I can make out the location as Washington DC, I'm unsure as to the ward:

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Can anyone decipher the street, either from the scan or deductively based on the information in the Census header?

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Have you tried looking on nearby census sheets? The same street name often appears on multiple sheets, where it might be clearer.


I looked on the DC map near 8th and Underwood (some of the first streets in the enumeration district of your image) and spotted Rittenhouse street. I bet that's what that is.

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    +1 I'm in for Rittenhouse street also. If in doubt, are you able to locate a city directory?
    – GeneJ
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 0:22
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    As a potential starting point, this ancestry.com search identifies some people who lived on Rittenhouse in 1939 from the DC directory. Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 0:37
  • The One-Step finder "Obtaining Streets within EDs for the 1940 Census in One Step (Large Cities)" confirms there is a street in ED 1-218 named "Rittenhouse NW". stevemorse.org/census/index.html?ed2street=1
    – Jan Murphy
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 17:29

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