My First 1940 US Census Find!

1940 US Census @ FamilySearch.org

Are you wondering how the indexing of the 1940 Census is going? Yes?! Then visit FamilySearch.org to get their status on image availability by state. The entire 1940 US census will be indexed by a community of volunteers and made FREE to the public at Family Search for perpetuity!

According to their website as of today (May 15, 2012), there are a total of twenty states fully indexed with six of them — Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia — searchable and ready for genealogists to explore . . . woo-hoo! The minute I saw Kansas on the searchable list, I knew right away that my paternal great-grandparents, Birdie (Green)  — “My Fearless Female Ancestor Who Made the News — and Morgan Aldridge, who lived and died in Parsons, Labette County, Kansas would be my first 1940 Census find!

So I began my search for them by entering the state, county, and city where they lived in 1940:

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After clicking the search button, 19 Enumeration Districts containing “Parsons” in Labette, Kansas were retrieved.  According to the 1920 and 1930 US Census, my great-grandparents were enumerated in Parsons City Ward 3, so I immediately began scrolling down the list until I came to Enumeration District (E.D.) 50-28A & 50-28B for Parsons City Ward 3. Another clue that let me know that I had located the correct enumeration district was the fact that my step-grandfather worked for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M.K.& T)/Katy Railroad for many years and always lived near the rail yards he worked:

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BINGO! There they are in E.D. 50-28B, sheet 12 B, on lines 48 and 49:

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They were living at 2207 Morgan Ave, Parsons, KS 67357 in 1940. According to what my great-grandmother told to the enumerator, the highest grade level of school completed for Morgan was 4th, and the highest grade completed for her was 6th grade. Both of them were born in Texas, but they had been living in Parsons, KS as of April 1, 1935. Birdie was a homemaker while Morgan was employed for 52 weeks in 1939  as a Boiler Washer for the Railroad Roundhouse earning $1,350 that year!

So, if you have a Morgan & Birdie (Green) Aldridge in your Kansas/Texas family tree, let me hear from you because I’m . . . Claiming Kin!

 

6 thoughts on “My First 1940 US Census Find!

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  2. Pingback: Claiming Kin » Blog Archive » Workday Wednesday: A day in the life of a Boiler Washer

  3. Hi Tanyea, you know I remember typing in my great-grandfather’s name first, but nothing came up for him, which is why I ended up searching for him through the enumeration district. But again, I may have been searching for them before FamilySearch had it ready for searching by name. 

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  4. Hi Denise, thank you so much! Searching for my great-grandparents was not difficult at all. I wish all of my searches were that easy — LOL! Thanks for sharing about your Parsons Kansas kin with me. It appears that Birdie & Morgan were the only ancestors I have in Kansas. But again, Morgan’s work with the railroad was the reason they were there anyway. Again, thanks!

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  5. Liv, Congratulations on your find! I have kin who were in Parsons, Kansas, too – surnames YAWMAN and SNIDER. But most had moved on by 1940!

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