Did your ancestor serve as a 1940 Census Enumerator?
March 28th, 2012 by Jessica

Taking of Census to Start Tuesday

Taking of Census to Start Tuesday

Did your great-grandmother serve as a Census enumerator?  You might check the local newspaper in her area to find out.

The Springfield Daily Republican in Springfield, Massachusetts was one of many small towns throughout America that published the names of its local enumerators. This article can be found in the April 1, 1940 edition on page 8.


Thompsonville, Ct., March 31 – The enumerators appointed to take the federal census in all sections of the town of Enfield have been notified to begin their duties Tuesday morning, and it is expected the work will be completed in about two weeks.  All people are advised that it will assist the enumerators to answer questions without resorting to argument whether some of the questions are annoying or not.  All the enumerators ask is a little cooperation on the part of the people in order that a perfect census may result.  Among the enumerators selected for the job are, Clarence Mitchell, Stanley Yesukiewicz, Maurice A. Kane, Miss Ethel Byron, Alec Denby, Mrs. Josephine Gorman, Louis J. Ragno, John Smith, William J. Malley, Miss Mary F. O’Brien, Mrs. Ethel Cote, John Tharz and Stanley Kawn.

These enumerators sure had their work cut out for them to convince the public that the questions were necessary and important. The controversy was strong around inquiries of income, divorce and unemployment – all important questions which provided critical data to the political and business leaders of our nation throughout the 1940’s and World War II.

If you’d like to make sure the work of these enumerators is digitized and searchable, go to to learn how you can volunteer as a 1940 Census indexer. Together, we can give back to researchers around the world. It only takes a few minutes of your time.

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