Who will you find in the 1940 census?


With 18 days until the 1940 census is released, I began to think of the people I want to search for.

My grandmother, Lucille Mielke, should be an easy find. In 1940, she would have been 16 years old and living with her parents and siblings on Clifton Street in Detroit, Michigan. They lived in the same house since before the 1930 census.

Lucille Mielke

Next will be my grandfather, Oscar Rowan Lindsay. I have looked for him and his mother, Edith Basham Lindsay, in the 1930 census but have been unsuccessful in locating them. My grandfather would have been 22 and living in Detroit. They immigrated to America from Canada in 1923.

Oscar Rowan Lindsay circa 1935

I’m also hoping to find my grandfather Bernard McKnight. He is another one of those ancestors that seems to have emerged from thin air. There is not much information on him. I know that he was born in 1924 and served in World War II, in 1945 he was released from military duty (according to U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 World War II Records). In 1947, he was living on Cherry Lane in Pontiac, Michigan.

Bernard McKnight taken about 1953

I’m sure there are many more relatives I will be looking for, but my grandparents (and g-grandparents) will be some good finds. Who will you be looking for in the 1940 U.S. Census? If you want to volunteer to transcribe these records please join Family Search Indexing.

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2 thoughts on “Who will you find in the 1940 census?

  1. Good luck… I hope you encounter lots of information about your family! I’m crossing my fingers that I will find out more about my maternal great grandmother (whose background is very much a mystery) and various other family members. 🙂

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