Joseph Austin Fitzgerald (#23 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 23rd, 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 Joseph “Dock” Austin Fitzgerald and Rutha Jane (Stanfield) Fitzgerald.  Joseph, a laborer assigned to public emergency work on a water project, was 62 years old.  He had worked 52 weeks in 1939 for a meager $600 salary.  His wife Rutha was 61 years old and a Housewife.  The couple both had an 8th grade education and were born in Kentucky.  They lived in the same town as they did in 1935, although a new home which they were renting for $25 per month.

Their youngest daughter Merle Fitzgerald (32) and her husband Donald W. Ainsworth (33) also lived in the home with Joseph and Rutha.  Donald was a truck driver at a steel mill.

Joseph "Dock" Austin Jarrell

Joseph "Dock" Austin Jarrell

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-3, Sheet 1B, Lines 78-80; continued on Sheet 2A, Lines

Find out more about Joseph “Dock” Austin Fitzgerald, aka Dock Jarrell, in my Cole Green Family Tree on

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