AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
Enjoying the 1940 Census
While waiting for the 1940 Census to become fully indexed and searchable by Ancestry.com. FamilySearch.com and others I'm truly enjoying what is available at this time.
My enjoyment is in a couple of areas, first, because I'm there and secondly, being able to locate people only by browsing the ED's makes me more appreciative for the value of indexed, searchable records on the Internet. We have truly been spoiled.
I didn't realize the thrill one has in seeing their own name, with family, relatives, friends and communities documented in a snapshot of such an important time of their life. After 20+ years of research and using Census records from the 1820 Census up to now with the 1940 Census I am finally there with some of my ancestors up to this point in time. It is an amazing feeling!!!!!!
In my case one interesting aspect brought home is the "changing" in family structure (hierarchy) from the previous Census year (1930) and how the generational family torch is passed on. All of my maternal great-grandparents died during that 10 year period. All were born FPOC before the end of the Civil War of parents who were also FPOC. I vaguely remember 3 of the 4 great-grandparents as they died in 1936-37.
These are just a couple examples of how the 1940 Census is and will become even more enjoyable in the upcoming months.
Art's 1940 Census Record
Art's Families & Other Folk