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 Ferdinand DeSoto Fox, the paternal great-grandfather of the husband of my sister-in-law. Just move along people, move along… Ferdinand Fox was living with his wife Arley (aka Arlie) L. (nee Merritt) Fox and their children: son Gale (or Gail) E. Fox (23) and daughter Marjorie M. Fox (12). Ferdinand was 50 years of age and is listed as having a 3rd grade education. His wife Arley was 44 and had a 6th grade education. They are all living in the same house as they did in 1935.
Notice the household just before Ferdinand lists another Fox family: Thomas E. Fox with his wife Hallie M. and children Leslie, Aleen and Nolene (lines 55-59). I’m not sure if/how they are related to Ferdinand. This may have been a cousin of his.
Ferdinand DeSoto Fox
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Missouri, Howell County, Pottersville, ED 46-19, Sheet 11B, Lines 60-63.
Find out more about Ferdinand DeSoto Fox in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for Ferdinand Fox and Arley (Merritt) Fox on FindAGrave.com.
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