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1940 Census – Day 3
April 4, 2012, 11:04 pm
Filed under: 1940 Census

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
April 3, 2012, 9:59 pm
Filed under: 1940 Census

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.
April 2, 2012, 9:47 pm
Filed under: 1940 Census

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?
April 1, 2012, 2:32 pm
Filed under: 1940 Census

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!!!!!

SNGF – Surnames in data base
March 10, 2012, 3:44 pm
Filed under: SNGF

It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2)  Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.

3)  Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries.  If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!  Or 10!

4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.

I am using Reunion 9 for Mac.  I went to List>Last Name>All People

This gave me a chart with the Number of Last Names, with Useage (number with that name), Earliest Date (Birth Date) and Living.  I sorted by Last Name which gave the me the following 10 names.

Last Name # of Names Earliest Birthdate Latest Birthdate
LANGSTON 181 1575 1944
SANDERS 150 1801 2006
GROSSMAN 138 1715 1948
WHITFIELD 90 ABT 1710 1955
VOSS 64 1779 ABT 1955
RICE 49 1801 ABT 1986
HIVELY 47 1832 ABT 1940
DUNCAN 27 ABT 1670 ABT 1890
DEWITT 26 1883 1999
WAYLAND 26 1859 1929

I did not include living as I am quite sure I have a number of Birthdates with out a date of death, not sure if they are still living or not.  Then I went to the Index and selected all the people without a Last Name, there were 88 selected,  with dates from 1555-1810. I was able to sort this list to get the information . This would be #5 in the list, I think if I put LNU in the last name field, then it would have come up in first list.  Something to think about.  Obviously I don’t have the numbers Randy has but this has given a perspective on the most frequent names on my family tree.

Randy commented on First names with out last names.  I have 5 Ann, Anne, or Anna’s, and 3 Elizabeth’s.  There are 2 each of Geneva, Lisa, Margaret, Marsha, Matilda Mildred, and Nancy.

It would be interesting to see what the most frequent first name use, Male and Female. But at this point I don’t see a quick and easy way to determine this information.


Week 52: Advice
March 3, 2012, 9:32 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 52. Advice. Do you have any advice for future generations who may be researching your family? For example, was there a name change or a significant relocation in your past? This is intended to be a very flexible question. Answer it any way you wish.

Thank You:

First I would like to thank Amy Coffin for putting together this series of prompts for the year. The prompts allowed me to start my personal history to share with my family.  This will gives my children and grandchildren some of my stories.  I know I am finishing this late, but it is more important to finish, than end on time.  I hope to be able to pull these together in a hard copy for my grandchildren. Again thanks for all the ideas.


1.  Remember this is a journey & journeys, don’t always take a straight path.  Sometimes there are detours and back tracking, it may take you down unexpected pathways or wide open highways.  Also there will be roadblocks (brickwalls) that seem impossible to get around. Then all of a sudden the roadblock is gone, and a new one is in its place.

2. Remember that genealogy is never ending.  There are ancestors and descendants, with new information being discovered along the way.  Your family comes from both your sides and all of these are a part of you.

3.  Make goals. I have so many things I want to accomplish that I get side tracked.  I need to select about 3 goals and make them my priority for this year. Last year I worked on my Genealogy Blog, I also completed making a digital copy of 34 years of the Langston Newsletter, getting it ready for others to use.

For 2012

1.  To continue with my blog, Using ideas from Amy Coffins’s The Big Genealogy Blog Book and alsoTo Our Children’s Children by Bob Greene and D. G. Fulford.

2.  To go to cemeteries to take pictures for Find a Grave

3.  To make a copy of my years blog into a book,

Of course continue my research for my VOSS, SANDERS, GROSSMAN , and RICE families.



Week 51: Holiday Events
February 8, 2012, 9:10 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 51. Holiday Events. Where did your family gather for the Christmas or Hanukkah as a child? Which family members and friends attended the event?

As I was growing up we would celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.  We would gather around the tree and then read the Christmas story from Luke 2: 1-20.  Then we would open our gifts.  Hearing this story will always be an important part of my Christmas.  The next morning we would have the stockings which usually had an orange and some candy.  Most years we celebrated with our immediate family, after my sister married and had children we would celebrate with them.

As my sister married into the Catholic faith, that is when I hear about Christmas Eve services as they celebrated with Midnight Mass. It was after I was married that other faiths started celebrating with the Candlelight Service for Christmas Eve.

Over the years that has also become an important part of my Christmas celebration.  Partly because I am a participant in the service, and partly because it reminds me of the reason we celebrate.  Due to illness this was the first year in many that I was unable to attend the service.

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