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 Andrew S. Dreffs & Stella Marie (Kryska) Dreffs. Andrew is my grand-uncle; he is the brother of my grandfather Walter Anthony Dreffs. Andrew and Stella owned their home at 2424 Robinwood in Saginaw which they also resided in during 1935. It was valued at $2,500.
Andrew Dreffs, 35, was born in Michigan. He was employed as a punch press operator at a factory in the “clocks, watches, jewelry, or silverware” industry according to his industry code. He had a 4th grade education while his wife Stella had an 8th grade education. She was born in Pennsylvania and was a housewife. Their son Edward Dreffs, age 15, was a student and had completed his 8th grade year.
Stella’s brother, Theodore Kryska, also lived in the household. He was 26 years old, single and employed as chromium plater at a plating factory. Theodore had completed his freshman year of high school and was born in Michigan.
Further down on the same page you will find Andrew’s niece Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski and her husband Joseph R Sowulewski. I’ll explore their entries in tomorrow’s post.
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-47A, Sheet 11A, Lines 5-8.
Find out more about Andrew S. Dreffs in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for Andrew S. Dreffs on FindAGrave.com.
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