Door to Door: What Homes Looked Like during the 1940 Census
March 31st, 2012 by Jessica

Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Mass

Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Mass

Do you know what your grandmother’s home or neighborhood looked like in 1940?

The Library of Congress has a photostream on Flickr featuring more than 41,000 historical photographs, many of them in astounding original color.

Did you know?  More than 1,800 of the photos posted were taken in 1940 all across the country.

One such example is shown here, titled simply as Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts.  Looking through them gives us a taste of what it might have been like to go door to door, enumerating the 1940 Census.

Oh, the stories those enumerators must have heard!  It’s too bad they weren’t equipped with tape recorders or cameras.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a voice sample or a photograph of each individual included with their Census entry?

Another fun thing to do is to check out what your ancestor’s address looks like today using Google Street View.  If you’re lucky, you just might be rewarded with some new clues to your family puzzle.

Good luck searching for your family in the 1940 Census!

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