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 Augustus “Gus” Carlton Sheets, my 2nd great-grand uncle. Augustus, age 60, was a Widow. His wife Ellen Josephene (Lindwall) Sheets passed away in 1923. He had an 8th grade education and owned his own business as a Barber. He worked all 52 weeks of 1939 and earned a very respectable $2,000 in wages. The family lived at 706 Morgan Street in Valparaiso. Augustus owned the home which was valued at $3,000.
Four of Augustus’ children lived at home with him. Daughter Berniece Sheets, the informant on this census, was 25 years old and a high school graduate. She was single and working as a clerk in a retail store, working 52 weeks during 1939 and earning just $100 for her efforts. Daughter Gladys Sheets, age 23, was also single and a high school graduate. She was not employed.
Sons Carroll and Melvin were also living in the home. Carroll Sheets was 21 years old, single and a high school graduate. He was employed as an inspector at Indiana Steel, and had worked 24 weeks during 1939 earning $800. His younger brother Melvin Sheets, age 16, had completed his freshman year of high school. He was not employed.
Augustus Carlton Sheets
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Center Township, ED 64-4, Sheet 6A, Lines 33-37.
Find out more about Augustus Carlton Sheets in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Share on Facebook