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Robert Nathaniel Kane (#10 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 10th, 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 Robert Nathaniel Kane and his son, my late step-father Robert “Bob” Henry Kane.  He’s living with his mother Eva Z. (Stevens) Kane, age 52. Eva’s husband Joseph A. Kane Sr. had passed away one year earlier on April 13, 1939.

Robert Nathaniel Kane is age 32 with a high school diploma and his wife Elizabeth Pauline (Rakestraw) Kane is 24 years old with an 11th grade education.  Their children Robert Henry (my late step-father, age 3) and William Franklin (age 3 months) are living in the home.  Also listed are Robert Nathaniel Kane’s brother Joseph, his wife Justine, his brother James and his wife Margaret with their children James Henry and Peggy Louise.  This was one big happy family.

Robert Nathaniel Kane

Robert Nathaniel Kane

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Oakland County, Royal Oak/Ferndale, ED 63-39, Sheet 17A, Lines 25-35.

Find out more about Robert Nathaniel Kane in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Robert “Bob” Henry Kane on FindAGrave.com.

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Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke (#9 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 9th, 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 Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke, my first cousin once removed.  She is shown here living with her husband Elmer Mielke and children Chester Mielke (10) and Jane Mielke (8).  Also in the home is Johanna’s sister Florence Grabowski (16).  Elmer is 33 and graduated from high school while Johanna is 30 with an 8th grade education.  The family is living in the same town as they did in 1935 but not in the same home.

Elmer and Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke

Elmer and Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-49B, Sheet 13A, Line 28

Find out more about Johanna (Grabowski) Mielke in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Johanna lived to be 97 years old and has many family members who remember her fondly.  Check out the memorial for Johanna Mielke on FindAGrave.com.

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Anthony Norczyk (#8 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 8th, 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 a single man named Anthony Norczyk.  How is Tony related to my family?  That’s a very good question.

Before she passed away, my grandmother’s best friend Marie Dombrowski confided in me during a family history interview that Tony was the father of my grandmother’s eighth child, my aunt Mary Ann (Dreffs, Schutt) Wheeler.  Aunt Mary was born in between the time that my grandmother’s second husband, Andrew Karpuk, left her and her third husband, my grandfather Walter Dreffs, moved in.

Mary never had a birth certificate, and the family legend is that my grandmother used to “hide her in the back room when company came over because she didn’t want her ex-husband Andrew [Karpuk] to know she existed.” Mary was the only child who – suspiciously – was born at home and never had a birth certificate.  When my Aunt Mary asked for permission to get married at age 17 in 1958, she needed a birth certificate.  Her mother Mary took her down to the Saginaw County Courthouse and stated that her father was Walter Dreffs (my grandfather).  On the divorce papers for Mary and Walter Dreffs in 1958, Walter claimed Mary Ann as his daughter and was scheduled to provide child support for her until she turned 18, but he died suddenly on December 3, 1958 before her 18th birthday.

In a search for clues 72 years later, I stumbled upon this census entry for Tony just a few blocks from my grandmother’s house.  He worked at the same place my grandmother did, down at the Foundry in Saginaw. Is Tony Norczyk my Aunt Mary’s father?  We will probably never know since Aunt Mary, Tony and my grandmother Mary are all passed away now.  This census gives us a clue that my grandmother’s best friend Marie may have been right after all.

Anthony Norczyk

Anthony Norczyk

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-49B, Sheet 17B, Line 80

My aunt Mary Ann (Dreffs, Schutt) Wheeler was born May 9, 1941 just 13 months after this census was enumerated.  She passed away on December 26, 2002 in Bay City, Michigan.  Find out more about Mary Ann Dreffs in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

 

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Mary Rose Karpuk (#7 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 7th, 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 my maternal grandmother, Mary Rose (Stroik) Karpuk.  Mary was living as a single mother, separated from her husband Andrew Karpuk who had moved out just a few months earlier.  Mary is 29 years old with seven kids to feed and a 5th grade education.  To this day, I still don’t know how she pulled it off.  She is living in the same home as she was five years earlier in 1935.  Her children were Edward Karpuk (12), Rose Karpuk (11), Donald Karpuk (9), Helen Karpuk (7), Andrew Karpuk Jr. (4), Albert Karpuk (1) and baby Alice Karpuk (4 months).

I have come to realize that in the 1940 Census, when the designation for “Married” is crossed out in pencil with the #7 shown, it is a special code that means “Separated but not Divorced.”  I saw this a lot during my research.

This is a particularly heart-wrenching census entry for our family.  Mary was struggling to make ends meet with these seven young children since her husband had left just months earlier.  To make matters even worse, this census was enumerated on April 2, 1940 – just three days before her baby Alice Pauline Karpuk died of pneumonia.  She was only four months old.

Mary (Stroik) Karpuk

Mary (Stroik) Karpuk

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-49A, Sheet 1A, Lines 33-40.

Find out more about Mary Rose (Stroik) Karpuk in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Mary Rose (Stroik, Kasper, Karpuk, Dreffs) Romaine and her baby Alice Pauline Karpuk on FindAGrave.com.

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Ferdinand DeSoto Fox (#6 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 6th, 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 Ferdinand DeSoto Fox, the paternal great-grandfather of the husband of my sister-in-law.  Just move along people, move along…  Ferdinand Fox was living with his wife Arley (aka Arlie) L. (nee Merritt) Fox and their children: son Gale (or Gail) E. Fox (23) and daughter Marjorie M. Fox (12).  Ferdinand was 50 years of age and is listed as having a 3rd grade education.  His wife Arley was 44 and had a 6th grade education.  They are all living in the same house as they did in 1935.

Notice the household just before Ferdinand lists another Fox family: Thomas E. Fox with his wife Hallie M. and children Leslie, Aleen and Nolene (lines 55-59).  I’m not sure if/how they are related to Ferdinand.  This may have been a cousin of his.

Ferdinand DeSoto Fox

Ferdinand DeSoto Fox

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Missouri, Howell County, Pottersville, ED 46-19, Sheet 11B, Lines 60-63.

Find out more about Ferdinand DeSoto Fox in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Ferdinand Fox and Arley (Merritt) Fox on FindAGrave.com.

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Ray Gordon Fox (#5 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 5th, 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 Ray Gordon Fox, the paternal grandfather of the husband of my sister-in-law.  Confused yet?  It’s okay, just move on.  Ray G. Fox, age 26, was living with his beloved wife, Brica (Hudlow) Fox, age 21.  They both had an 8th grade education and were living together in the same place they lived in 1935, although not the same house.  Their first two children, Delbert Gene Fox (2) and Thelma Ruth Fox (7 months) were also living in the home.

Ray Gordon Fox

Ray Gordon Fox

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Missouri, Howell County, Pottersville, ED 46-19, Sheet 12A, Lines 1-4.

Find out more about Ray Gordon Fox in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

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Anna Elizabeth (Doty) Head (#4 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 4th, 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 Anna Elizabeth (Doty) Head, the great grandmother of the husband of my sister-in-law.  That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?  Her husband Frank Willie Head had passed away thirteen years earlier in 1927.  Mrs. A. E. Head was 61 years old with a 7th grade education.  She was living with two of her sixteen children, her youngest sons Glenn (21) and Lloyd (17). The three were living together in the same house as they were in 1935.

Anna Elizabeth (Doty) Head

Anna Elizabeth (Doty) Head

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Arkansas, Carroll County, Dry Fork Township, ED 8-10, Sheet 2B, Lines 51-53.

Find out more about Anna Elizabeth (Doty) Head in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Anna Elizabeth Head and her late husband Frank Willie Head on FindAGrave.com.

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George Maywood Fitzgerald (#3 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 3rd, 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 George Maywood Fitzgerald, my 2nd great-grandfather.  He was 72 years old and had an 8th grade education.  He is featured here with his wife Emma, my 2nd great-grandmother.  She was 65 years old and also has an 8th grade education.  The couple was living with two of their sons, Guy Elman Fitzgerald, age 32 and Oscar Edwin Fitzgerald, age 36.  The four of them are living together in the same house as they did in 1935.

George & Emily Fitzgerald

George & Emily Fitzgerald

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-7, Sheet 2A, Lines 1-4.

Find out more about George & Emily Fitzgerald in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.  Their original surnames were both Jarrell, but that’s a story for a different blog post.

Check out the memorials for George Maywood Fitzgerald and Emily “Emma” Florence (Jarrell) Fitzgerald on FindAGrave.com.

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Lyal Newton Cole (#2 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 2nd, 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 my great grandfather, Lyal Newton Cole.  He is featured with his wife Agnes and childrenDuane (my grandfather, 10), Lorraine (8), Blaine (7), Wayne (5), Elaine (3) and Darlaine (1).  Do you sense a pattern here?  They also had a lodger named Kenneth Beier staying in the home.

Lyal is 30 years old and his wife Agnes was 28.  Lyal had an 8th grade education while Agnes had an 11th grade education.  They are living in the same town as they did in 1935, although not the same home.  Their young son Blaine, my grandfather’s younger brother, was the lucky boy who received the Supplemental Questions for this census page, shown at the bottom.

Lyal & Agnes Cole

Lyal & Agnes Cole

Supplemental Questions for Blaine Cole

Supplemental Questions for Blaine Cole

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-7, Sheet 9A, Lines 10-17 & Supplemental Question entry #1.

Find out more about Lyal & Agnes Cole in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Lyal Newton Cole and Agnes Berniece (Barkley) Cole on FindAGrave.com.

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Newton “Leroy” Cole (#1 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 1st, 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 Newton Leroy Cole and Wilhimena Isabelle “Minnie Belle” Sheets, my 2nd great grandparents.  I hit the genealogical jackpot with this find!  Not only was this the very first entry I found within hours of the Census release online, but he is still the only direct ancestor I have yet to find that had to answer the Supplemental Questions.

Leroy Cole is featured with his wife Minnie and children Junior (17), Edward (14) and Beverly (10).  He and his wife are both 53 years old.  Leroy had an 8th grade education while Minnie had a 7th grade education.  They are living in the same house as they did in 1935. All are listed as born in Indiana.  They owned the house at 551 Boundary Street in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Its value was $2,500.

Leroy’s occupation was a Car Repairer on a Steam Railroad.  He was not seeking work, but had a job or business and Worked 52 weeks during 1939 earning $1,900.00.  His industry codes from column J (334/47/1) were:

  • Mechanics and repairmen, railroad and car shop
  • Railroads (includes railroad repair shops)
  • Wage or salary worker in private work (PW)

His wife Minnie was listed as a Housewife.

Their son Junior was a Shipping Clerk at a Clothing Factory.  He had completed two years of high school.  He said he was at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency Government work.  He worked 20 hours during the week of March 24-30, 1940 and 14 weeks during 1939, earning $125.00.  His industry codes from column J (226/66/1) were:

  • Shipping and receiving clerks
  • Shoe stores
  • Wage or salary worker in private work (PW)

Leroy also responded to the Supplemental questions from line 29.  He stated both his father and mother were born in Indiana and that he spoke English.  He had a Social Security Number and had paid deductions for it from his paychecks in 1939.  The rest of the codes I can’t determine meaning for, but for columns K through T they are “0 4 1 – 53 2 8 – 4 -” as listed.

Leroy & Minnie Cole

Leroy & Minnie Cole

 

Supplemental Questions for Leroy Cole

Supplemental Questions for Leroy Cole

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-7, Sheet 4A, Lines 29-33 & Supplemental entry #2.

Find out more about Newton Leroy Cole in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Newton and Minnie Cole on FindAGrave.com.

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