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Findmypast’s 1940 Census Hunt – Week 3 ›

22 April, 2012

Findmypast’s 1940 Census Hunt – Week 3 Each week findmypast presents a weekly 1940 Census Hunt, a chance to put your 1940 census browsing skills to the test. The first person to complete the challenge, and e-mail their results (a short step-by-step description of how you found each individual and a copy of the census images) to rdenning@brightsolid.com will receive 500… Read more ›

Names don’t age well – 1940 vs. Today ›

18 April, 2012

Names don’t age well – 1940 vs. Today While indexing the 1940 census last week, we noticed that many of the first names in the census are no longer popular. In fact, some names are so obscure they run the risk of becoming endangered. We were interested in how names have changed since 1940 so we did a study on… Read more ›

Findmypast’s 1940 Census Hunt – Titanic ›

10 April, 2012

Welcome to the findmypast 1940 Census Hunt! Each week findmypast will present the weekly 1940 Census Hunt, a chance to put your 1940 census browsing skills to the test. The first person to complete the challenge, and e-mail their results (a short step-by-step description of how you found each individual and a copy of the census images) to rdenning@brightsolid.com will receive… Read more ›

Just found…5 month old Tina Turner in 1940 Census ›

5 April, 2012

We just found the 1940 census enumeration for famed superstar Tina Turner. Tina Turner, whose birth name was Anna Mae Bullock is living with her parents, Richard (Floyd) and Zelma Bullock and her older sister Alline in Nutbush, Hayward County, Tennessee. Her father was working as a farm laborer and had worked just 30 weeks of the previous year.

Just found…Wendell Willkie in 1940 Census ›

5 April, 2012

1940 was a busy year for Wendell Willkie, who was competing for the Republican Presidential nomination against Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, Senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, and Thomas E. Dewey of New York City. Before June’s convention the nominee had not been decided (an interesting comparison to this year’s current 2012 Republican primary field). Willkie would go on to… Read more ›

Findmypast’s Personal Finds in the 1940 Census ›

5 April, 2012

While have had some fun finding celebrities, presidents, and others in the 1940 Census, we have also been hard at work finding our own families. Brian Speckart, findmypast’s marketing manager located his mother, living in Richfield, Sevier County, Utah. Luckily enough she was asked the supplemental questions (though being only a few weeks old, she wasn’t able to provide much… Read more ›

Find Bette Davis in the 1940 Census and win a 6-month subscription ›

4 April, 2012

Today, April 5, 2012 marks what would have been the 104th birthday of Bette Davis. While we have continued to post our finds in the 1940 census over the past few days, we have yet to find Bette Davis and are inviting you to help us look! Here are the details: The first person to find Bette Davis in the… Read more ›

Gerald R. Ford ›

4 April, 2012

We accepted the challenge from the Ford Presidential Library to locate President Ford in the 1940 U.S Census. We got him in under an hour living with his parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan

James Dean in Our Backyard ›

4 April, 2012

As you might have noticed the team at findmypast.com has found quite a few popular figures in the recently released 1940 Census. Judy Garland, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nancy Pelosi, and the “rebel” himself, James Dean are among those who we have uncovered. We were extremely surprised to find that James Dean was living at 1422 23rd Street in Santa… Read more ›

The Community’s Index ›

2 April, 2012

by D. Joshua Taylor of findmypast.com The release of a new census is certainly a momentous occasion for any genealogist. The 1940 census not only provides access to records previously unseen by the general public; it officially launches the largest community service project in the history of genealogy and family history. Findmypast.com is proud to join FamilySearch and Archives.com in… Read more ›