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I’m currently in Salt Lake City on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Family History Library. I can’t wait to bring back what I’ve found and share it with you!
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 Richard Calvin Barkley and his wife Olive Charlotte (Johnson) Barkley. Richard is my 2nd great grand uncle. They were the very first family enumerated for Center Township, ED 64-4 in Porter County, Indiana.
Richard was 52 years old with an 8th grade education and born in Kansas. He was a mason in the building industry, having worked 46 weeks in 1935 and earned $1,500. His industry codes show his line of work as “Brickmasons, stonemasons, and tile setters.” Olive was 48, also had an 8th grade education and was born in Illinois. She listed her occupation as Housewife.
They are listed here with their son Lester R. Barkley (23) and daughter Corinne Olive Barkley (18), both of whom were born in Indiana. Lester was a clerk in the Steel industry, having worked 52 weeks in 1939 he had earned $1,300. His industry codes show “Clerical Work” in the “Blast furnaces, steel works, and rolling mills industry.” Both he and his father had worked 40 hours during the last week of March. Daughter Corinne had just finished high school.
The family is living in the same town as they did in 1935, but not in the same house. They were renting a home at 1208 Harrison Franklin Street in Valparaiso, Center Township for $30 per month.
Richard C. Barkley
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Center Township, ED 64-4, Sheet Sheet 1A, Lines 1 -4.
Find out more about Richard Calvin Barkley in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
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This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Milton Barkley, my paternal great-grand-uncle. He was the younger brother of my great-grandmother, Agnes Berniece (Barkley) Cole. Milton Barkley is 19 years old in this census and is living with his older brother Leslie Allen Barkley and his family. He had three years of high school completed at this time. He had not yet married his wife, Dorothy.
Milton Earl Barkley
Source citation: Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Center Township, ED 64-4, Sheet 8A, Line 13.
Find out more about Milton Earl Barkley in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Week 46. Politics. What are your childhood memories of politics? Were your parents active in politics? What political events and elections do you remember from your youth?
Politics are not something that was really discussed in my household. I’ve never paid much attention to them as I’ve gone through my adult life either. I knew my DaD was registered as a Republican so I followed suit when I first registered to vote in Tempe, Arizona in 1995 when I turned 18. I didn’t vote in the 1996 election for Bill Clinton or Al Gore; I can’t even remember why. I think I was busy that day and it just wasn’t important to me at the time.
Democrat vs Republican
I moved to Burlington, Massachusetts in May 1999 and registered to vote when I applied for my Massachusetts driver’s license. I first registered as a Republican, and cast my vote in the preliminaries for John McCain whom I had personally met a few years earlier in Arizona.
After that, I started to dig around to see what the difference was between Republican and Democratic views. After a bit of research, I decided my views leaned more into the blue side of the house, although I didn’t much agree with most of the politicians on various things. I’m somewhere in the middle and often agree with one or two things on both candidates’ agendas. I promptly went down and switched my party affiliation from Republican to become a registered Democrat.
During the main election in 2000, I cast my vote for Al Gore and watched the Florida debacle play out with George W. Bush as the eventual winner. This event shaped my view of politics even further. I figured if it didn’t matter what my vote was, then why the hell was I voting?
We moved back to Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 and I once again registered as a Democrat voter. During the 2004 election, I once again tromped down to cast my vote for the Democratic candidate John Kerry and watched, frustrated, as George W. Bush won again.
During the 2008 election I voted in the primary for Hilary Clinton but unfortunately she didn’t make it through. During the main election, I was very proud to vote for Barack Obama and was happy to see that for once in my life, the person I voted for actually won an election. It is ironic to me that he was running against John McCain – the first Republican I ever voted for back in Massachusetts.
I’ve never told my father that I switched parties to become a Democratic voter. Since he reads this blog often, I’m interested in what his reaction will be. I have a feeling that all these years we’ve essentially been cancelling each others’ votes out. Incidentally, my cousin Christopher is also a registered Democrat. He also started out life as a registered Republican and switched just like I did. I must admit, his views go a little too far to the left sometimes; get him talking politics and you’ll need some kind of miracle to make him stop. (Love ya, Chris!)
This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Leslie Allen Barkley, my paternal great-grand-uncle. He is 30 years old in this census and is living with his wife, Ethel Levida (Bihl) Barkley (29). The couple is living with their son Robert Barkley (6) and daughter Margaret Anne (3). They were living in the same town as they did in 1935, but not in the same house. They were renting this place for $25 per month. Leslie had achieved a high school diploma while his wife Ethel actually went through two years of college – a rare accomplishment for a woman in 1940.
Also listed in this household are Leslie’s brother Milton Barkley and Ethel’s sister Ann Bihl.
Leslie Allen Barkley
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Center Township, ED 64-4, Sheet 8A, Lines 9-12.
Find out more about Leslie Allen Barkley in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Greetings fellow researchers!
I am off to Salt Lake City this morning for a one-in-a-lifetime trip to the Family History Library. One of my dearest friends is flying in and meeting me there for the next 7 days. We’ve been planning this trip for months! Between us we have 22 pages of microfilms, microfiche and books to review while we’re at the library. This will be a girl’s week to remember.
At the advice of many before us, we’ve got a few sightseeing sidebars planned along the way. So many people who have gone to Salt Lake City for research said they wished they had taken some time off to go see the area. We’re planning to spend about 4-6 hours per day at the library and the other half at various destinations around Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. It should break up the long hours of research and save our backs along the way. We might also get some good pictures to share!
I hope to find a few nuggets to post here on the site upon my return. Wish us luck!
This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Ray & Betty (Green) Leversee. Betty is the younger sister of my husband’s great-grandfather, Max Earl Green. This census entry shows Ray Leversee (21) with his wife Betty (18) and their young son Glen Leversee (2). Both Ray and Betty had completed one year of high school. They were living in the same place as they did in 1935, but not in the same house.
Ray & Betty (Green) Leversee
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Van Buren County, Pine Grove Township, ED 80-26B, Sheet 4B, Lines 56-58.
Find out more about Betty Marie (Green) Leversee in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for Raymond R. Leversee on FindAGrave.com.
This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Virginia Maxine (Green) Stech, the great-grand-aunt of my husband. She was married to William J. Stech (31). Virginia was 22 in this census and has a high school diploma, while her husband William had an 8th grade education. They were living with their daughter Sandra Stech. Sandra’s age is hard to read; it might be age 7 or possibly 7 months.
William J. Stech was required to respond to the Supplemental Questions since his enumeration randomly landed on line 40.
William & Virginia (Green) Stech
William Stech responds to Supplemental Questions
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Van Buren County, Pine Grove Township, ED 80-26A, Sheet 9A Line 40 (plus Supplemental) & Sheet 9B Lines 1-2.
Find out more about Virginia Maxine (Green) Stech in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for Virginia Maxine (Green) Stech on FindAGrave.com.
This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Wilma Marian (Green) Wait, the great-grand-aunt of my husband. Wilma Green was the sister of my husband’s great-grandfather, Fred Ozro Green. She was the wife of Donald Russell Wait. Donald was 31 years old while Wilma was 27. Both of them had a high school diploma. They were living with their young son Kenneth Green (3). In 1935, the couple lived in the same town but not in the same house.
Wilma (Green) Wait
Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Van Buren County, Pine Grove Township, ED 80-26A, Sheet 8B, Lines 67-69.
Find out more about Wilma Marian (Green) Wait in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
Check out the memorial for Wilma Marian (Green) Wait on FindAGrave.com.