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     Another way of locating Wards and Enumeration Districts in the 1930 Census is the
DIRECTIONAL COORDINATE METHOD. This is the method I personally use, and in just about
all cases it is not necessary to read any Ward or Enumeration District Descriptions. You donít
even need a present day map. Itís quick, itís easy, and the only snag to the procedure is that
you will need a copy of one of the following:
                                 "Turnerís Best Chicagoland Street Guide" *
                         POINTers in Person Chicago - North Chicago Street Name Changes
                                 or other Chicago Directional Coordinate Table.

1.      Assign Two Directional Coordinates to your TARGET ADDRESS

                     a.     Take your target address and divide it into two parts

                                    Example: 4848 North Sawyer Ave. =

                                          1.     4848 North
                                                  and

                                          2.     SAWYER

                    b.      The first part of the address is the first Directional Coordinate. This is usually
                             a street number and a street direction.

                                        Example: 4848 NORTH = First Directional Coordinate = 4848 N

                    c.     The second part of the address is a street name. To find the Second Directional
                            Coordinate you must look up this street name in
                                   
POINTers in Person Chicago - North Chicago Street Name Changes
                                    Turnerís Best Chicagoland  Street Guide"
*
                                    or other  Chicago Directional Coordinate Table.
                                        
                                       Example: SAWYER = 3232 West. (in "Turner's" book)

                             You now have two directional coordinates. 4848 NORTH, and 3232 WEST.

2.     PLOT these coordinates on the Maps on this site.  (example shown in map below)
                     The maps on this site show Directional Coordinates in GRAY.

                   a.     Find the Ward
                          
Look at the Chicago Ward Map. You will notice that the street coordinates are
                           shown in Gray
                           Find the first coordinate in your target address on the map. You will be looking
                           for that area of the map that has coordinates as close as possible to your target
                           coordinate. In the example, 4848 N is on the NORTH SIDE OF CHICAGO.  Look
                           for the area of the map around 4800 NORTH. This is the BLOCK of addresses
                           from 4800 North to 4899 North. You will not see 4800 North. You will see 4600
                           NORTH (Wilson Ave.) and to the north of it is 5000 North (Argyle Ave.).
                           You know your first target coordinate is between these two streets.
Draw an
                           imaginary line across the map for this estimated coordinate. (Dotted Line shown
                           in red on the example below)

                           Find the second coordinate in your target address on the map. Look on the map
                           for coordinates as close as possible to 3200 West. This is the block that will
                           have addresses from 3200 West to 3299 West. You will see that 3200 West is
                           Kedzie Ave. Your target coordinate is 3232 West, so you know that this is
                           located just west of Kedzie Ave. (You can see that the location of 3232 West is
                           not as far west as Crawford Ave.  (Crawford Ave. is 4000 WEST). Draw an
                           imaginary line across the map for this  estimated coordinate. (Dotted Line shown
                           in red on the example below)

                           You now have two imaginary lines on the map. The point at which these two
                           lines meet is your WARD
.  In the example, 4848 North Sawyer is found
                           within the boundaries of WARD 40.

Portion of Chicago Ward Map showing the north side of Chicago. 


                      b.      Find the Enumeration District.
                              
Select the Individual Ward map you found in step 1. (In the example,
                               4848 North Sawyer was found in Ward 40.)
                               Plot the two coordinates you found in step two. 4848 North and 3232 West.

NOTE:  When your target address falls ON a boundary line remember that EVEN numbered
addresses are on the north or west side of the street.  ODD numbered addresses are on the
east or south side of the street.

Portion of Enumeration District Map for Ward 40

                                There you go!  Done.  Ward 40, ED 1412

* "Turner's Best Chicagoland Street Guide" is available at most Chicago area bookstores or
    on the web.  The cost is about seven dollars.
    Some street names will not appear in the "Turner's" guide. For streets names  that have been
    changed or that no longer exist, I highly recommend Daniel Niemiec's excellent website.
 
                              
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