Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

On Monday, at 8 AM sharp (Texas time), the 1940 U S Census becomes available to the public for the first time. Who will be the first person you look for?

Mom, age 5For me, it will be my Mom. Born in 1935, this will be her first appearance in the United States Federal Census. As an index to the 1940 U S Census is not yet available (Volunteer as an indexer!), an address is essential, especially for a larger town like Fort Worth, Texas.

I am fortunate, however, in that I have located my grandparents in the 1940 Fort Worth City Directory. Here they are, living at 920 Boyce Avenue:

Boyce Ave

My next step will be to visit Steve Morse’s Unified 1940 Census ED Finder, where I can enter the Boyce Ave address and a cross street and:

ED 257-148

On Monday, if I click on the highlighted link above, then that census page should appear. Voila! (Even if the page doesn’t appear, I now have the enumeration district number, so I will know where to look when Archives.com makes the 1940 U S Census available on Monday morning.)

Good Morning, Mom!

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