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 May (Richards) Fisher, my great-great-grandmother. She was 73 and a widow with a 10th grade education. Her husband William Green Fisher had passed away 22 years earlier in 1918. May had no occupation listed. She was living in the same house as she had in 1935. Her two songs, John (47) and Sam (45) lived with her, both of whom were single. John Fisher was working in road construction in a WPA Project, while his brother Sam Fisher was working odd jobs on a nearby farm.
There isn’t much of interest with this census entry, but it’s still neat for me to see my great-great-grandmother listed in it. She lived another 19 years in that house. I wonder how she spent her time?
May (Richards) Fisher
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 8B, Lines 46-48.
Find out more about May (Richards) Fisher in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for May (Richards) Fisher on FindAGrave.com.
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