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 Leslie Allen Barkley, my paternal great-grand-uncle. He is 30 years old in this census and is living with his wife, Ethel Levida (Bihl) Barkley (29). The couple is living with their son Robert Barkley (6) and daughter Margaret Anne (3). They were living in the same town as they did in 1935, but not in the same house. They were renting this place for $25 per month. Leslie had achieved a high school diploma while his wife Ethel actually went through two years of college – a rare accomplishment for a woman in 1940.
Also listed in this household are Leslie’s brother Milton Barkley and Ethel’s sister Ann Bihl.
Leslie Allen Barkley
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Center Township, ED 64-4, Sheet 8A, Lines 9-12.
Find out more about Leslie Allen Barkley in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
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