Monday, April 2, 2012

Success! Finding My Parents and Grandparents in the 1940 U.S. Census!

A quickie post here - I have actually had some success this morning finding my parents and grandparents in the 1940 Census, which just became available at 8 AM Central this morning!  I was looking in Texas and Illinois, so I had to use the National Archives website, but I was still fortunate.

The site is getting slammed, and it's best NOT to wait for the image to load on the website, but instead to download it.  Also, it often works better to download image-by-image (page-by-page), rather than try to download the whole enumeration district at once.

Luckily, Mom's family was within the first six pages of her Houston enumeration district (click on the image to enlarge it - the Guokas family starts on line 46):

In Dad's case, I was able to download the entire enumeration district in Chicago. That was fortunate, as his family was missed on the enumerator's first visit, and was on page 61B (click on the image to enlarge it - the Pape family starts on line 64):

Dad also fell on a line that got asked the supplemental questions (look down at the bottom of the form above).  However, being only 11 years old at the time, the questions weren't really relevant to him!

More later!  I'm SO excited!

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  1. Happy for you! Waiting to find my family.