31 March 2012

SNGF: Guess Your Ancestor's 140 Census Data

Here's tonight's topic from Randy Seaver:
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Guess Your Ancestor's 1940 Census Data

Hey genea-census-holics... it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (come on, you know that you want to!), is to:

1) Pick one of the persons from your ancestry who should be in the 1940 United States Census.

2) Using the column headings below (from 1940 United States Census Questions), predict what the entries will be in each column.

3) Share your predictions on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or a Google Plus post.

Like Randy, I'm going to do my mother. She was bummed out 10 years ago that my dad was in the 1930 US Census and she wasn't. Well, time has passed and on Tuesday, she will appear. Here's what I think I'll find. It's hard to know where her family was in 1940 because my grandfather moved them back and forth between Shannon Co. SD and Sheridan Co. NE often during these years. My mom claims she had 5 different teachers in 5th grade because of all the moves.

*  State:  Hard to say, she may be in South Dakota or Nebraska
*  Populated Place: White Clay, Sheridan Co., NE or Pine Ridge, Shannon Co., SD
*  Ward of City:  I don't think either of these places is big enough to have had wards
*  County:  Sheridan Co., NE or Shannon Co. SD
*  Township or other division of county:  No idea
*  Block Nos.:  ???
*  Enumeration District:  I still need to look these up

1.  Location - street, avenue or road:  ??? (Luckily these are sparsely populated areas)
2.  Location - house number:  ???

3.  Number of household:  ???
4.  Home owned or rented:  R
5.  Value of home (if owned) or monthly rental (if rented):  $100
6.  Does this household live on a farm?  Maybe
7.  Name of person:  Shirley A. Ogden
8.  Relationship of this person to head of household:  Daughter

9.  Sex:  F[emale]
10.  Color or Race:  W[hite]
11.  Age at last birthday:  8
12.  Marital Status:  S[ingle]

13.  Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940:  Yes
14.  Highest grade of school completed:  C-2

15.  Place of birth:  Minnesota
16.  Citizenship of foreign born: [blank]

17.  Residence on 1 April, 1935 - City or town:  Batesland
18.  Residence on 1 April, 1935 - County: Shannon
19.  Residence on 1 April, 1935 - State or foreign country: SD (Thank you, 1935 SD Census!)
20.  On a farm?  Yes

21.  Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov't. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No
22:  If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No
23. If neither at work nor assigned to public emergency work. ("No" in Cols. 21 and 22), Was this person SEEKING WORK (Yes or No):  No
24. If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No):  No
25. Indicate whether engaged in home house-work (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): S
26. Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 0
27. If seeking work or assigned to public emergency work. ("Yes" in Col. 22 or 23); Duration of unemployment up to March 30, 1940 - in weeks:  0

28.  Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as frame spinner, salesman, rivet heater ,music teacher:  [blank]
29. Industry: Industry or business, as cotton mill, retail grocery, farm, shipyard, public school:[blank]
30. Class of worker: [blank]
31. Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0

32.  Income in 1939 (12 months ended December 31, 1939): Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions):  0
33. Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary (Yes or No): No
34.  Number of farm schedule: [blank]

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