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 500 credits on findmypast.com and a writeup on the official findmypast blog.

The theme of this week's hunt is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.

A few of the survivors from the Titanic are likely to be found in the 1940 U.S. Census, including:

  • Dickinson H. Bishop who was born in Dowagiac, Michigan married Helen Walton of Sturgis Michigan on November 7, 1911.They were returning from their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. He and his wife Helen separated in 1916 and he remarried Sidney Boyce that same year. At some point he moved from Dowagiac, Michigan to Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois where he died on 16 February 1961.
  • Miss Helen Corr who was born 28 July 1895 in Corglass, Moyne, County Longford, Ireland. She worked as a domestic in New York and married Patrick M. Sweeney about 1922. She and her husband lived in the Bronx where he died 22 June 1929 and was buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Westchester County, New York. Helen (Corr) Sweeney died in the Bronx at the House of the Holy Comforter, 9 March 1980.

Source: Encyclopedia Titanica

Found Mr. Bishop and Miss Corr?

E-mail a copy of the census images and a short step-by-step description of how you did it to rdenning@brightsolid.com.

This week's contest closes Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 11:59pm PT.

Happy Hunting!