Tag Archive | 1940 Census

McKnight/Guilds Mystery Part II

In a previous post, I discovered some clues in my McKnight/Guilds mystery.

After Beatrice divorced her husband, she married Henry McKnight.

Marriage certificate for Henry McKnight and Beatrice Mae Jones Guilds

Marriage certificate for Henry McKnight and Beatrice Mae Jones Guilds

Well by the time the 1940 census came out my Grandma Beatrice is married to Henry J. McKnight. All of the children from Beatrice’s first marriage, along with the child that Beatrice and Henry had together are living with the couple.

1940 Census Record for McKnight Family (3)

1940 Census Record for McKnight Family (2)

My Grandpa Bernie and my Uncle Richard both went by McKnight for the rest of their lives, I don’t know if at some point after marrying Beatrice, Henry adopted the children. My dad’s middle name came from my Grandpa Bernie’s younger half-brother Alton.

What I do know is that Beatrice and Henry owned a laundry mat in Pontiac and that they lived quite close to where my Dad grew up. He told me when he got in trouble, he would ride his bike over a couple of streets to his grandmas.

Bless your ancestors!


(1) Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.

(2) Year: 1940; Census Place: Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: T627_1801; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 63-105. 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


George E Mielke in the 1940 census

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

Happy Searching!


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

My Great-Great-Grandparents in the 1940 census!

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)
  • James 1909-?
  • Ola Mai 1912-1994
  • Mary 1913-?
  • Mosie 1920-?
  • Rebecca 1923-2007

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.

Happy Searching!

Keeping Up With The 1940 Census Project Blog

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!

Some of my favorite post on the blog are:

We just found Judy Garland and Walt Disney, who will you uncover in the 1940 census?

  • Have you found any famous persons in the 1940 census? Well some very notable people have been found such as Judy Garland, Walt Disney and Chuck Norris!

Housework in the 1940s

  • Have you ever wondered how the house was kept clean during rationing? Well this article gives you the answer!

Weekly Contest – Week of April 9 (Index to win an iPad!)

  • Want to win an iPad? Check out the blog for this week contest and check back often because there giving lots of stuff away!

They also have great posts from other ambassador bloggers, help for indexing and for searching the 1940 census!

Don’t forget if you haven’t already signed up to index the 1940 census to get over and do that too! In the first week of indexing this is what has been accomplished:

  • More than 113,000 volunteers are working to index and arbitrate
  • More than 12.3 million names have been indexed.
  • More than 5.3 million names have been arbitrated.
  • 22 states have been posted for indexing.
  • 4 states are 75% or more complete
  • 1 state (Delaware) has been completely indexed and is ready for posting.

Check at the full post here!1940 census

Happy indexing!!


As part of the1940census.com ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for an iPad!

Photo is from the Judy Garland Database!

Pause For A Second And Index The 1940 Census

1940's Coca-Cola Ad

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.

Click to learn more about The 1940 Census Project

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.

Sounds simple, right? That’s cause it is!! Just a few minutes of your time could get you a Kindle Fire.

To see the main contest blog post click here.

To learn more about the 1940 Census Project click here.

And now to the legal stuff: “As part of the1940census.com ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a Yeti Microphone and two $50 gift card.”

So go on and get started on your first batch!

******************UPDATE: I won a $50 Amazon Gift Card for this post! Thank you 1940 Census Project!******************

Happy indexing!


Thanks to thinkingouttabox for this vintage coca-cola ad! Check out the link for more vintage coke ads!

1940 Census My First Find!!

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.

 Happy Searching!

It’s almost here!! Finding you family in the 1940 census!

With just 3 days until the 1940 census is released archives.com has released this infographic to let everyone know how to find their ancestor’s before the index is finished.

1940 census archives.com
If you want to volunteer to transcribe the 1940 census please go to the 1940 census project.

Happy Searching!!