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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting Ready for the 1940 Census

These four training films for 1940 census enumerators will give you a pretty good idea of what information we'll be getting, an understanding of what some of the terms actually mean, and an occasional guffaw. Grab your beverage of choice and begin with:

Introduction to the 1940 Census (3:19)

Population (10:23)

Agriculture (10:39)

Housing (10:49)

Aw, go ahead, you might as well watch The Three Stooges in No Census, No Feeling... I mean, since the link is right up there and all... and it is about the census... and it's colorized! ... heh, you already did, didn't ya?


Susan Petersen said...

I enjoyed watching these. Thanks for putting them all together in one post.

GrannyPam said...

Pretty nosy, weren't they? I love the patriotic marching music, too. This helped my understand why some of my older relatives were a touch paranoid about the census and the government nosing around. Really, would you want to tell some guy off the street how much your mortgage is?

T.K. said...

You're welcome, Susan, I found them pretty interesting myself. My plan (?) is to rerun this post when the census is actually released next year... suppose I'll remember?

Pam, I agree! What's more, chances were good the guy asking the questions lived right in your community and maybe was someone you knew. Maybe your worst enemy! :-0

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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