I've been trying to find the 1940 census entry of Sara Katharina Guenther, born 05 Jul 1908 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. She had just arrived back in the port of New York NY on 28 Mar 1940 from a trip to Romania (undetermined length, but likely several months), where she got married to Andrew Bruno Schuller. (Both are now deceased). They were not travelling together as he arrived later, at La Guardia Field on 24 Aug 1940. Both passenger lists reference 1013 Winona Ave, Chicago, Illinois, as destination address.
There are 2 households at that address in Illinois enumeration district 103-3067, on sheet 8A (heads Louis Lavin & Gilbert Bronson), but Sara is not enumerated there (sheet dated April 12). My conclusion is that she was still in transit from New York on April 1. I've tried various combinations of name and birth information to find Sara and have not found her. Either she not enumerated or her entry has been badly mangled in entry or transcription.
Most EDs have a section for transients staying at hotels. I assume that Sara was traveling through by train back to Illinois from New York, and had started but not finished that journey on the official enumeration date April 1. She may have completed her travel before the official date for transient enumeration April 8.
Should she have been enumerated while on the train? If yes, what ED would have been applicable? If she was in Chicago when her address was enumerated (April 12) but the enumerator was informed that she had not been there on April 1 and had been away for several months, how would her information been handled? I've looked at the enumerator instructions, but have not seen this case addressed.
Arrivals on 28 Mar 1940 at New York NY:
3,354 [New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957]
33 [New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973]
433 born USA - 40 born Pennsylvania (like Sara), 24 born Illinois (her destination)
destinations are not indexed at ancestry.com
Passenger List, page 26
14 U.S. citizens (2 naturalized) including Sara*:
4 Brooklyn NY - Geza Danyi checked, found with parents in Brooklyn in 1940 census
1 New York NY
1 Maspeth NY
3 Philadelphia PA
1 Cambridge MA
1 New Bedford MA
1 Chicago IL* - Sara Gunther not found in 1940 census
1 Detroit MI - Petru Zioman not found in 1940 census
Assuming that some of the Illinois-born might still be resident in Illinois, checked
- the Gillett family (4 persons arriving in NY), found in Kenilworth, Coook, Illinois, enumerated April 2 1940
- Primo Frighetto, found with parents in Chicago, enumerated 12 Apr 1940, 1935 residence was Venice Italy (long absence!)
So Sara could have arrived in Chicago in plenty of time to be enumerated. [I had already considered that she might have visited with relatives in Pennsylvania and Ohio during her trip].