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 Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski and her husband Joseph R Sowulewski. This entry is further down on the same page as Josephine’s uncle and aunt Andrew S. Dreffs & Stella Marie (Kryska) Dreffs. We explored Andrew and Stella’s entries yesterday.
Joseph was 36 and employed as a carpenter at a lumber yard. Josephine was also 36 and was a housewife. Their children were Dorothy Sowulewski (15), Arlene Sowulewski (13) and Joseph Sowulewski (10). They owned the home at 2409 Robinwood which was valued at $3,200.
In their household also lived Josephine’s brother Thomas Grabowski. Thomas, age 37, was employed as a core maker in a foundry.
Josephine and Thomas were the children of Hattie (Dreffs) Grabowski, the sister of Andrew S. Dreffs and Walter Anthony Dreffs.
- Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-47A, Sheet 11A, Lines 33-38.
Find out more about Joseph Sowulewski in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for Joseph Sowulewski on FindAGrave.com.
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