Robert Nathaniel Kane (#10 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 10th, 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 Robert Nathaniel Kane and his son, my late step-father Robert “Bob” Henry Kane.  He’s living with his mother Eva Z. (Stevens) Kane, age 52. Eva’s husband Joseph A. Kane Sr. had passed away one year earlier on April 13, 1939.

Robert Nathaniel Kane is age 32 with a high school diploma and his wife Elizabeth Pauline (Rakestraw) Kane is 24 years old with an 11th grade education.  Their children Robert Henry (my late step-father, age 3) and William Franklin (age 3 months) are living in the home.  Also listed are Robert Nathaniel Kane’s brother Joseph, his wife Justine, his brother James and his wife Margaret with their children James Henry and Peggy Louise.  This was one big happy family.

Robert Nathaniel Kane

Robert Nathaniel Kane

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Oakland County, Royal Oak/Ferndale, ED 63-39, Sheet 17A, Lines 25-35.

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