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Stranger Danger during the 1940 Census Enumeration
March 27th, 2012 by Jessica

Census Posers turn Robbers

Census Posers turn Robbers

Some criminals took advantage of the public during the 1940 Census.

In this blurb, published in The Canton Repository in Canton, Ohio on April 1, 1940 (page 9) we see just how dangerous it could be to allow enumerators into your home without asking for identification:

Three men posing as census takers robbed a Chicago home of $50,000 worth of jewelry.

I wonder if the household they robbed earned more than $5,000 in 1940?

If you’re eager to discover what the income of your ancestors was, volunteer as a 1940 Census indexer. Find out how at the1940census.com.

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