@Denis M. Morrison
When you come to large group that are identified in the Header Section e (Hotel, large rooming house, institution, military installation, etc), it's best not to think of them as a Household but as a residence or, as described in Column 3, a Dwelling Unit.
The number in Column 3 is used to group them. Some of these may be multiple pages. I recently reviewed a dormitory and a prison. The first person listed in the prison was the head (a guard) and the rest were listed as prisoners.
Each one may be split up into dwelling units differently. A military base may have actual family households on it plus a hospital, barracks, etc. That's why the number in Column 3 is supposed to be used to separate them. It can get confusing, especially the way some enumerators didn't clearly record Column 2 and Column 3 for multi-unit dwellings.
Need instruction on how to complete hotels and military bases.
Did recent hotel (New Central) and attempted to amend around 15 guests that each had individual hotel room numbers. Hotel had a street name, and hotel's building address number but census surveyor place individual hotel rooms to left of column 1.
After deleting lines 16-30 was able to amend only line 1 before program sent me to completely new page, which was also a hotel but was now the Presley Hotel.
Similar happened when a sheet listed about 20 military personnel at Fort Lewis Washington.
Need some clarity on how to proceed with completing this type facility. The instruction on hotels does not seem to cover too well, or possibly my understanding of what it's telling me.
Thanks. Need help.
@Denis M. Morrison Here is an article with instructions for handling these situations.
In addition, there are several thread in the Community that deal with the subject. You can see these by typing "Institutions" in the search bar at the top of the home page of the 1950 Census Group.
Will need to wait for a further military base, hospital, or institution, to clarify what I now recall from a week or more ago.
My recollection was for the military base Fort Lewis, the index was indicating line 1 person of multiple and various names listed was "Head" of household which was not the case, since Fort Lewis (military base being surveyed) covers multiple square miles of facilities, with likely thousands of military personnel at that location.
There were no buildings, home addresses or physical locations shown, likely because of reason of security. Those entries below line 1 may have been base personell, but they were not household members of line 1.
It's likely a mindset, but if they were to be household members of line 1, all with differing names and races, it made me unsure as to how to proceed.
@Denis M. Morrison, If it is a military base with no buildings, home or physical locations such as a dwelling number, then that information was likely found on a previous page and the page continues as it is the same "military base". You can include all of individuals with different names as one household as they have the same address of the base.
Below is the article which explains in detail about these situations. It also talks about a nuclear family such as would be on a base. I totally understand it is confusing, so we would advise that you have the article open when you run across another record such as you were explaining so you can have the information at hand to know the columns and understand how to handle the situation. I hope that I have been able to explain efficiently and understand what you are concerned about. Please reach out again if I have misunderstood. We appreciate you doing these records!
when we review an institution like a penitentiary , or mental hospital should each person be reviewed as one household at time on the page as or as one big family? I have seen it both ways.
Review them by the page. Each page as a family unit. We have seen it different ways as well but we are told to review them by the page. Or part page if it is not a full page.
@Pennyrose I had a similar image that was a large housing complex which started on the first page with the manager's family and Serial Number of Housing Unit and the next page was apt residents each having different apt numbers. So, I reviewed each resident with the manager's Serial Number of Housing Unit and Individual's Apartment Number. If at the bottom of the page it asks if the Household continues to the next page I clicked "Yes" and continued through the residents on the next page. I ended up with 57 lines reviewed. It was one of my favorite ones to review--a diverse group of people from many different countries.
I am working on Family Review for Key West, Florida. Sometimes I get pages of names of people on Navy vessels. The page heading says Crews of Vessels. The names and data do not follow the "normal" pattern...Head, Wife, son/daughter etc. Other data is not represented (race, place born). I don't know what to do on these pages, so I just Report Problem, leave a description and close the page. If someone can teach me what to do on these pages, I will be happy to work on them.
@CeciliaMorett For the purposes of review on the census, a Navy vessel would be considered to be an "Institution." Here is an article that describes how to process these records. I am also merging your question with several others that discuss the same type of record.
@Bob M2, great question about each inmate. In a prison, because they all have the same location, address, they would be considered in the same family. Here is a quote from the knowledge article to help you understand and determine. "Generally, large lists of residents at a hospital or other institution will be reviewed as part of the same household. You will need to examine closely the name and relationship columns (7 and 8) as well as the columns for house number (2) and unit serial number (3) to know what to do."
Thank you for all that you are doing!! I might add that if it spans several pages, you just do what you can do and it will be picked up by another reviewer.