Exciting Family Discoveries in the 1940 census at the Genealogy Fair


Welcome to the 8th Annual Genealogy Fair here
at the National Archives. Today we’re going to speak to some people who have found themselves
and their family in the 1940 Census. The names are familiar, my mother’s name is listed,
but ironically she’s listed as a nephew, but the spelling is correct. Can you tell
us a little bit about who you found in the 1940 Census? Well, the most important person
I found was me. I know all of the Gusbees. These are close friends, every one of them.
Don, where’s Don? And Emmitt, he just passed. Elizabeth, she just passed. Charles, all of
these are close friends. Two blocks away was my grandmother’s sister with her adult son
and wife. And another two blocks was another of my grandmother’s sisters with her adult
son and wife. And then I found my father’s mother five blocks away and my father’s
brother within five blocks. I’m going to go one page earlier here. OK. See if we can’t
find you. I was working on the assumption that the address on my birth certificate was
still valid. And were there any surprises, anything you didn’t know? Oh, I didn’t
know that my dad’s family had a servant, and I asked him if he remembered her and nope,
he didn’t remember. And so I then went in and started going through page by page. About
halfway through I found them. And there was my father, my mother, me and one brother.
And then an older aunt, the oldest aunt, her name being Fairy. And we know her as something
different, and she’s still alive at this day and age. So are you going to tell her
that you found her in the Census? Yes, I am. And bombard them with a series of questions
and recollections and see if she can remember anything from her youth. My mother! There
you are! It’s just wonderful to see the actual information about your family that’s
on record. Because the 1940 Census doesn’t have a name index we’re partnering with
1940census.com to help create an index of all the people in the Census. And you can
help join in this effort. If you go to our website, 1940census.archives.gov you can click
on the link and go and learn more about this effort. And we hope you’ll join us.

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