In 2001, I started compiling databases to help people search the United States census. Specifically, I wanted to help in the search of the 1930 census. ITWIT stands for Is-iT-Worth-IT?.... a little self depreciating humor, as the first attempts at database compilations were crude and incomplete. It's not only laws and sausages that shouldn't be observed during their making!!
Soon a number of people helped me, including Steve Morse who provided search engines and a home for the growing databases. See: http://www.stevemorse.org/
and look at the Census folder. Over 40 volunteers eventually joined the 1930 project, and we produced street name databases for all cities of over 25,000 on the Census. We then added additional utilities, including a 1930 to 1920 ED conversion database, and a 1910 street name index. A few weeks ago another utility, a list of existing street name changes and tables of street name changes of our target cities was started. In a few years, I anticipate we will produce a 1930 to 1940 ED converstion table for our target cities.
I'm always looking for people to help with the various projects. I want to expand our offerings for the 1910 databases. I want to expand our street name change databases.
For the street name changes, if you have access to resources such as city directories, or street guides, or library lists, to a city we don't have up (or wish to augment one of our existing cities), and such resources show name changes, I encourage you to contact this board to see how you can do the transcription. I may not get back to you immediately, so be patient.
If you want to help with the 1910 cities, which involve much more work, I would encourage that as well and will discuss what is involved.
Joel Weintraub, Dana Point, CA