Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke (#9 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 9th, 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 Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke, my first cousin once removed.  She is shown here living with her husband Elmer Mielke and children Chester Mielke (10) and Jane Mielke (8).  Also in the home is Johanna’s sister Florence Grabowski (16).  Elmer is 33 and graduated from high school while Johanna is 30 with an 8th grade education.  The family is living in the same town as they did in 1935 but not in the same home.

Elmer and Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke

Elmer and Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-49B, Sheet 13A, Line 28

Find out more about Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke in my Cole Green Family Tree on

Johanna lived to be 97 years old and has many family members who remember her fondly.  Check out the memorial for Johanna Mielke on

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