Update on 1940 Census
I worked on the state of Kansas at first, as that is where I would find my parents. So exciting that is it one of the first states available for searching, but it need to continue. I have worked on Montana, Michigan and Arkansas. Montana is close to being ready for search, while Michigan and Arkansas have a ways to go.When these 3 become close to ready I will pick another 3 states, and keep working until this project is complete.
I am currently concentration on Arkansas, as I would like to be able to locate my mother’s family when it becomes searching. I have indexed almost 18000 names since the 40’s Census became available. A couple of interesting things a 15 year old with a year old baby married to a 74 year old man. What is the story behind this marriage? I can think of several scenario’s. The names are always so interesting. Reading some of the handwriting is quite a challenge. There have been a few times I have looked back on the 1930’s census to check on the family, to find out how the name is spelled.
Montana is where my father’s mother will be indexed, his father died in 1938 so he will not be on the 1940’s Census. Michigan is where my grandmother’s family lived before moving on to Buffalo, New York. Missouri and Indiana will be places to look for my husband’s family. So I am anxious for the indexing to be completed so I can research some family members.
Although this is not apart of the Census, have made contact with a distant cousin, who wants to share some pictures and information on my mother’s side. But this is a very busy weekend, with graduation and time with friends, probably won’t get to much indexing done for the next several days. Was glad to see more states have become searchable. ONWARD and UPWARD and soon it will be complete.
1940 Census – Day 3
It has been a cool dreary day, a good day for staying inside, appreciate the moisture that has come the past couple of days. This kind of day is a good day for staying in and working on indexing. Over the past 3 days I have indexed 1800 names for the state of Kansas. That means when a second person has looked over these pages and they are arbitrated they will be ready to be searched. I have had the counties of Butler, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clay, Chase, Cowley, Cloud, Decatur, Crawford, Ellis and Franklin.
When I took a break and checked Geneabloggers, Randy Seavers gave the address for finding the downloaded pages on Family Search. I went to Kansas, Pawnee County and Enumeration Districk 73-7, which I found using Steve Morse’s web site. On page three here is what I found
- 1940 Census for Voss family
They were living in Grant Township outside of Rozel, Kansas in Pawnee County.
My father was renting the land and it was a farm, he was listed as R K with wife Inez V their ages were 35 and 25. Melbarose(sic) Melba Rose, daughter was 3, and Kenneth L was 1. As his birthday is later in the month of April he was almost 2 years old. Eldred Sanders aged 17, sister-in-law was living with them. R K provided the information for this census, he completed 8 grade and Inez had completed 7th grade (My understanding Mom had not gotten that far in school). Eldred had also completed 8th grade. The places of birth were Montana, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas and Arkansas. On April 1, 1935 he reported they were living in rural Stafford County, this may have been where he was in 1935, but they were not married until 1936, so where was she, in Arkansas or Oklahoma. Radium which is where they first set up housekeeping is in Stafford County. They were married in Paul’s Valley Oklahoma, but how long was she there before they were married. Eldred was in Rodney, Arkansas in 1935. Rudolf was employed 52 week in 1939, and worked 80 a week, for a Salary of $250.
Eldred is still living and maybe on a good day, I can find out when Inez went to Oklahoma.
I had never examined the map that closely and I though Radium was either in Pawnee or Barton Counties, but it is located in Stafford.
As I close out this day. I am pleased with what I have accomplished. There something about seeing a family member’s name on a Census. As so many of the family members I will be searching for are in rural areas, and I don’t know exactly where they lived, I will be patient and wait out the coming months for each state to be come indexed.
As anyone who is indexing can see there are many more states and names to be indexed.
Tomorrow I can not devote the day to indexing, I have other commitments that come first, I will try to get a few pages worked in.
1940 Census – Day 2
Today I was able to index about 500 names on the 1940 Census for Kansas, I did pages for Brown, Bourbon, Anderson, and Butler.
The first page of Brown County, showed me the name of a student when I taught there in the 1970’s. It was one of those name that is not pronounce the way it looks and I remember lots of people mispronouncing the name. The names I indexed could have been her grandparents or great grandparents. They were also members of the Kickapoo Indian Tribe. The final name on the same page reminded me of another student.
Only a couple of other names brought up memories of my days in Brown County, which won’t be for 30 years.
There are only 105 counties in the state of Kansas: “We have only just begun”. I am going to work on indexing for the time being. I know that each page is indexed twice, thenan arbitrator goes reviews and compares the two, so it will still be awhile before we get to the Kansas Counties I am interested in.
Although as I was going through, I thought about where was I each of the Census years since I was born. As I have a few year to make 72, I am not on the 40’s Census, but I will be on the 1950 Census.
In 1950 – my family was living near Mankato, Kansas
In 1960 – my family was living in country near Burr Oak, Kansa
In 1970 – I would be enumerated on the 1970 Census living at home with my parents in Manhattan, Kansas, although that summer I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to start my teaching career.
In 1980 – I was married and living in Pratt County, Kansas
I was still there in 1990.
Then in 2000 I was in Larned, Kansas that year I was one of the fortunate ones to get the long form, which had so many, many questions to answer.
Of course in 2010 I was still in Larned.
Of course during those years, I also lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1970-71, and then to Horton, Brown County, Kansas 1971 – 1975. So someday someone will be looking for me, on those Census records.
Since I had other commitments today, I worked as much as I could, hopefully tomorrow, I can get closer to 1000 names done.
1940 Census – It is here.
The images of the 1940 Census became available this morning. For me it has been a day of patiently waiting as the people I want to find are not in the cities therefore they do not have addresses. I was not successful at being able to find the pages, so I will just be patient as Kansas is one of the first to be available for indexing.
Having worked with computers, a project of this magnitude will probably have some glitches. Also many people were wanting to see them and the numbers are amazing. I anticipate it will be a week or more before Kansas is completely indexed and arbitrated so I can find my father, mother, brother and sister. My Aunt may be living with them at the time, just have to wait and see. I will be anxious for the Montana, and Arkansas pages to be completed.
Through out the day I had been checking Family Search to start indexing. To help time pass, I did several indexing projects. About 7 pm there is was 1940 Census ready to index. I down loaded, and indexed 4 pages for Allen County Kansas and one for Atchinson County Kansas.
Tomorrow morning, I will be doing some volunteer work with photos for the Santa Fe Trail Center. They have been scanned I just need to be able to make adjusts and hopefully some information about the photo to be uploaded to the Santa Fe Trail Center website. I am just learning the program, which has not been user friendly. Hope to have some success tomorrow. In the afternoon I will continue to do some indexing.
The next several months will be quite exciting as the volunteers work on the indexing and getting the information out for another generation.
1940 Census: Who are you looking for and Why?
1940 Census: Who are you looking for and Why?
I am anxiously a waiting, Apr 2 to be able start looking for my parents, they were married in 1936, along with my brother and sister. My sister just turned 75. I won’t be on until the 1950 Census comes out.
Some of the questions, where were my parents in 1935, was my father still in Arkansas, when did my mother go to Oklahoma? It asks about their education. Was my Aunt living with them in 1940? She came from Arkansas to help with the children.
I see that Kansas will be one of the first states to be indexed. I will definitely be working on that one, and others.
I also want to know where my grandparents were in 1935. I know they were in Arkansas in 1930 and had moved back to Montana by 1940, as grandpa died in 1938, but just when did they move back.
I may not find out this one until Montana gets indexed as I am not sure exactly where they lived in 1940. It was on a ranch.
So hope to be able to find my parents, and start indexing tomorrow. There are other relatives I will be looking for but the indexing will take precedence for them.
Only hope to be lucky to have them on the line 14 or I don’t remember the other one.
Looking forward to tomorrow!!!!!