|1940 Federal Census|
|1940 Federal Census Supplementary Questions|
Some of the items that stuck out to me from Constance Potter's talk to the Montgomery County (MD) Historical Society Genealogy Club were:
- Remember this is a snapshot of the 1930's
- Enumeration Districts are smaller
- Look at all pages since the enumerators came back to find people and may have put them at the end of their report
- Column #25 asks why a person is not working. The answers are H: housework, S: school, U: unable to work or Ot: other. Other can be retired or those who didn't want to work.
- Wages/Salary: if working for themselves, nothing listed. Also some folks didn't want to tell what they really made
- First census to have supplemental questions (only 5% were asked them)
- First census since 1870 that didn't ask about the Civil War
- Supplemental Question Column #48 "Has this woman been married more than once?"
I know Ms. Potter is speaking again at the Fairfax (VA) Genealogical Society meeting on 23 February 2012. If you are in the Metro DC area, I HIGHLY recommend going. Ms. Potter is an excellent speaker!!
And of course the National Archives Genealogy Fair will be held 18-19 April 2012 so I'm sure they will have at least one program on the 1940 Census!