Notes from the past…


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Last Week’s Research Activities

  • Research and document my findings for
  1. Jessie A Kennedy
  2. Lizzie Melton
  3. Mary Melton
  4. Bobbie Melton
  5. James Arthur Matthews, Jr
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Week #11 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • INDEX, INDEX, INDEX!!!

I have gotten a lot of work done this week. I’m getting used to my new schedule at work, not so tired all the time.

Genealogical serendipity struck this past week, when my cousin Susan alerted me to the availability of some original Hill County, Texas marriage documents. I am very fortunate to be receiving the marriage records of 3 couples, including one that proves the second marriage of my 3GGM Susan William Lee Martin. Sweet!

Along with other indexing I’ve been doing (Texas records), I also completed indexing both of the simulated 1940 U S Census pages. This year’s version of the Federal Census has some interesting twists:)

Plans for this week:

  • Research and document my findings for
  1. James Arthur Matthews, Jr
  2. Isaac Matthews
  3. Ira Matthews
  4. Sena Mae Matthews
  5. Fred Bowie Matthews
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Week #12 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • INDEX, INDEX, INDEX!!!


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The 1940 U S Census: What will the form look like?

This is the form for the 1940 U S Census, its digital images to be available to us all on 2 April 1940 at 8AM (Texas Time!)

1940 U S Census (click to enlarge)

A few new questions this time around:

  • Columns 13 & 14- Education (more detail)
  • Columns 17-20- Residence in 1935 (makes this kinda like a 1935 and a 1940 census, now doesn’t it!)
  • Column 22- was your ancestor a member of FDR’s “Alphabet Soup” New Deal employment program?
  • Columns 28, 29- occupation and industry (a little more detail here)
  • Column 32- how much money did your ancestor make in 1939?

Now, move on down to the bottom of the census sheet, and there a few more questions, to be asked of the 14th and 29th person listed on each sheet. Your attention to Column 42: Did your ancestor have a SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER?

Finally, along the very bottom of each sheet, “Symbols and Explanatory Notes”, giving more info on questions asked and abbreviations used.

Only 13 more days… :)