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Wordless Wednesday – Lucky & Cheetoe
Aug 1st, 2012 by Jessica

Lucky & Cheetoe (November 11, 2011)

Lucky & Cheetoe (November 11, 2011)

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Wordless Wednesday – Jessica Rose Iris
Jul 25th, 2012 by Jessica

Jessica Rose Iris (March 25, 2012)

Jessica Rose Iris (March 25, 2012)

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Happy Birthday, DaD!
Jul 23rd, 2012 by Jessica

DaD (Douglass) and his mother, Florence

DaD (Douglass) and his mother, Florence

I would like to wish my DaD a very HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY!  I love you DaD!

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Wordless Wednesday – Cheetoe on the Couch
Jul 18th, 2012 by Jessica

Cheetoe hanging out on the couch

Cheetoe hanging out on the couch

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Wordless Wednesday – Shocking Pooh Bear
Jul 11th, 2012 by Jessica

Pooh was shocked that I did not bring him any honey from our lunch at Yak & Yeti (February 3, 2012)

Pooh was shocked that I did not bring him any honey from our lunch at Yak & Yeti (February 3, 2012)

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Wordless Wednesday – Tumbles, Straight Up
Jul 4th, 2012 by Jessica

Tumbles, Straight Up (October 17, 2011)

Tumbles, Straight Up (October 17, 2011)

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Vondall Euart Fitzgerald (#30 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 30th, 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.

Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald

Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of my great-grandparents, Vondall Euart Fitzgerald and Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald.  Vondall, age 31, had an 8th grade education.  He was born in Kentucky, and was the only person working to support his very large family.  He worked as a farm hand earning a total of $720 during his 52 weeks of employment in 1939.  Vondall’s wife, Jennie Mae, was 31 years old with a 9th grade education.  She was born in Indiana.

The first nine of the couple’s fifteen children were captured in this census:

  • Kenneth Euart Fitzgerald (13)
  • Leonard Harold Fitzgerald (12)
  • Dorothy Louise Fitzgerald (11)
  • Donald Morris Fitzgerald (9)
  • Lewis Victor Fitzgerald (8)
  • Katherine Alice Fitzgerald (7)
  • Florence Mae Fitzgerald (6)
  • Richard Delos Fitzgerald (4)
  • Robert William Fitzgerald (2)

The couple’s youngest child, Delmar James Fitzgerald, was born on April 5, 1940.  This census entry was enumerated on April 15 but according to official Census rules, little Delmar was not allowed to be “counted.”

My grandmother, Florence Mae (Fitzgerald) Cole is listed here as age 6.  She turned 6 on Census Day which was April 1, 1940. I am fortunate enough to have captured a family history interview with Grandma and she described her early years in this very home with all of her brothers and sisters.

The family lived in the same area as they did in 1935 but not in the same house.  According to my grandmother, by 1940 they had moved “a few miles” from the house where she was born in 1934.  Grandma had been certain they lived in Porter County.  I searched the entirety of Porter County census entries (hundreds of pages) before starting to search Lake County.  Surprise!  There they were!

Vondall Euart Fitzgerald

Vondall Euart Fitzgerald

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 5B, Lines 43-53.

Find out more about Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Vondall Euart Fitzgerald on FindAGrave.com.

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May (Richards) Fisher (#29 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 29th, 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 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

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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Earl Fisher (#28 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 28th, 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-grand uncle Earl Benjamin Fisher and his wife Lorena Marie (Winkler) Fisher.  Earl was the brother of my great-grandmother Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald. Earl is 40 years old with a 5th grade education and worked as a laborer on a WPA Road Project.  His wife Lorena was 34 and had an 11th grade education.  The two were living with their children Carolyn (15), Evelyn (11) and Paul (5).  Also in the house was Earl’s younger brother Albert Fisher, age 34.  Albert was a laborer doing odd jobs.

Earl Benjamin Fisher

Earl Benjamin Fisher

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 2A, Lines 3-8.

Find out more about Earl Benjamin Fisher in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Earl Benjamin Fisher on FindAGrave.com.

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Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski (#27 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 27th, 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 Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski and her husband Joseph R SowulewskiThis 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
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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