I can't wait to get a peek at the 1940 Federal Census and thank Randy over at Genea-Musings who has challenged us to think about it for this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
A cousin of mine just sent me the blank 1940 census so I could see what the questions would be. I did notice one, that I don't think has been on a census in the past: Highest grade of school completed. I have no idea how far some of my ancestors went in school. I have heard that all my grandparents....maternal and paternal....completed 8th grade. I believe that was the norm in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They all went to work after graduation.....one as a draftsman, one as a numbers cruncher, one as a secretary and one as a stenographer.
There are several people I am particularly interested in finding after the 1940 census opens. I have not been able to locate my paternal great grandmother and my paternal great great grandmother in 1930 and I know they were either living in Woodlawn or Monaco, Pennsylvania. Hopefully, I will be lucky in 1940.
Lately, I have been blogging about my Pinyerd family and I am curious to see if the husband and wife are still living together in 1940 as my research had lead me to believe that they may have separated.
Of course I want to find my Mom and Dad, who would both be nineteen and in college. I wonder if they will be included....did they enumerate college campuses? It will be my Aunt Faith's first census.
My primary targets will be family whose whereabouts I already know....and I think I will only search for those in smaller towns.
I can't wait!!!! I hope I make it for the 1950 census opening as it will be my first enumeration. WAHOO
FYI on the 1940 Federal Census:
- Questions asked on the census report.
- Copy of a blank 1940 census report.
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