Ancestry.com released the 1940 census for Michigan tonight, so of course, I had to start searching! First off I wanted to see where my Uncle George was living. I had previously found his parents and siblings, so he was next on my list. Here’s the record I found:
Uncle George was in the 28 Army Air Corps and was an Airplane Mechanic. He lived in the Third Air Corps Squadron Barracks at Selfridge Field1.
George with his sister, Millie
1Year: 1940; Census Place: Harrison,Macomb,Michigan; Roll: T627_1783; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 50-26. Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls
Ancestry.com added new indexes today! Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, Colorado and Vermont are all searchable, along with New York, Nevada, District of Columbia, Delaware and Maine that have been searchable for a while now. I am very excited about Tennessee, since that is where most of my ancestors on my daddy’s side of the family come from. My Mansfield, Call, Brasfield, etc. lines all come from around Crockett County. Here is my first find for today!
This is the census records for my great-great-grandparents, Joe Allan and Maud May “Maudie” Griggs Mansfield. Joe was born on 18 Dec 1880 in Crockett County, Tennessee to James and Mary Ann Brasfield Mansfield. Maudie was born on 22 Jan 1884 in Crockett County to William Riley and Margaret “Maggie” Johnson Griggs. On 26 Dec 1899,Joe and Maudie married in Crockett County. Joe died in 1948 and Maud lived to be 95 years old, passing in 1979.
They had 8 children:
Annie Lou (Hatch) 1901-1984
Marvin Mansfield 1904-1979
William Lesley 1905-1985 (my great-grandfather)
Ola Mai 1912-1994
By the time the 1940 census came along, Rebecca and Ola Mai were the only two daughters still living at home. Ola Mai was divorced and had come back to her parents home with a daughter Evelyn Rodgers (her father was Homer Rodgers). She would go on to marry in 1942 to Osca Hensley.
Rebecca would go on to marry Robert Peace (1916-1947) and have two children with him. I’ll share the story of how Robert, along with Annie Lou’s son, died later.
Have you checked out the 1940 Census Project Blog? If you haven’t you need to head on over there! Not only do they have some amazing contests, but they also have some very interesting articles about the life and times during the 1940s. While your there add them to your RSS Feed, so you’ll always be up-to-date and you can share some of the interesting stories there with all your friends on Facebook, twitter, and google+! Comments are always welcomed, too!
Have you indexed your first batch of the 1940 census yet? I did and let me tell you, the images are very easy to read and index!
The 1940 census was released on April 2nd and shortly after you could download your first batch on the Family Search Indexing Software.
If you haven’t already signed up on the Games and Prizes Page at the 1940 Census Project website, you should head on over there and sign up! You can be entered to win an Amazon Kindle Fire and all you have to do is download and complete one batch of the 1940 census by Sunday, April 8 11:59 p.m. MST.
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Well the census has been out for a day and if any of you tried to get on yesterday, you probably noticed it was a little (okay a lot) backed up. I gave up yesterday on the 1940 census and today without any problems and just 12 pages of searching, I found my great-grandparents, George and Elsie Mielke, my grandmother Lucille, and 3 great-aunts, Mildred, Marion and Audrey. This will probably be the easiest of my searches on the 1940s census, because the family lived in the same house for many years. Click here to go to the Michigan Ed 84-1185.
George was 62 years old, owned his own home at 6355 Clifton Street, it was worth $4000 and he was unemployed. Elsie was 49, born in Newfoundland and was a Naturalized Citizen.
Mildred “Millie” was 22 and was the only person in the family working. According to question 21 “If not, was he at work or associated to public emergency work (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc) during the week of March 24-30?” Millie answered yes to this question. She was working as a Research Clerk for Youth Vocational Services. In 1939, she worked 40 weeks of the year. Marion was 17, Lucille, was 16 and Audrey was 13.
This will be the last census that George and Mildred will be in. George died in 1943 and Millie died in 1941.
I’ve included photo’s of everyone I have mentioned today! I did not have a photo taken of Audrey during this time period, so I used a photo from the late 1940s.
With just 14 days until the 1940 Census will be available, we need your help to create an index. When the Census is released searching for your ancestors is going to take some work. With the help of volunteers, like you and me, there will be an index created, so that finding your ancestors will be easier!
Beginning Monday, March 19th, there will be a contest that anyone can enter at main 1940 Census Blog. The contest will require you to download the Family Search Indexing software and complete a practice simulation of what the 1940 Census will look like. That’s all you have to do! One entrant will be chosen at random to win a $100 Visa gift card and two entrants will be chosen to win $50 Visa gift cards. After you complete this make sure you go to the Games and Prizes section of the 1940 census site to enter your name for the drawing!
If you’ve already completed the simulation 1940 census in the last 60 days you qualify to enter this contest!
I don’t know about you but just having the index of the 1940 Census will be the best gift! But hey a free gift card doesn’t hurt either!! Also, while your there check out the entire 1940 Census site, they have lots of interesting information about the 1940s and the Census!
Please sign up for Family Search Indexing, besides the upcoming 1940 Census, there are many other valuable records from across the world that need to be indexed. With your help more people will find their ancestors! If your interested in entering the contest click here!
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