Lyal Newton Cole (#2 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 2nd, 2012 by Jessica

Welcome to My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census!  This blog series is a tribute to the first 40 entries that I located without the use of an index.

The 1940 US Federal Census was released online to the public on April 2, 2012.  Within the first three days, I had already found 40 families from my various tree branches.  I spent six months prior to the release researching the exact addresses and locations for these families so I could find them quickly upon the census release.

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of my great grandfather, Lyal Newton Cole.  He is featured with his wife Agnes and childrenDuane (my grandfather, 10), Lorraine (8), Blaine (7), Wayne (5), Elaine (3) and Darlaine (1).  Do you sense a pattern here?  They also had a lodger named Kenneth Beier staying in the home.

Lyal is 30 years old and his wife Agnes was 28.  Lyal had an 8th grade education while Agnes had an 11th grade education.  They are living in the same town as they did in 1935, although not the same home.  Their young son Blaine, my grandfather’s younger brother, was the lucky boy who received the Supplemental Questions for this census page, shown at the bottom.

Lyal & Agnes Cole

Lyal & Agnes Cole

Supplemental Questions for Blaine Cole

Supplemental Questions for Blaine Cole

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-7, Sheet 9A, Lines 10-17 & Supplemental Question entry #1.

Find out more about Lyal & Agnes Cole in my Cole Green Family Tree on

Check out the memorial for Lyal Newton Cole and Agnes Berniece (Barkley) Cole on

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