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

This week’s hunt celebrates the first American in space, Alan Shepard. Shepard became the second person to travel into space on May 5, 1961 when piloting the Freedom 7 mission. Born in New Hampshire, Shepard had a long and successful career at NASA.

Where should you start? Take a look at Alan Shepard with his family in the 1930 U.S. Census below.

Shepard Family 1930 U.S. Census, Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire

Found Alan Shepard in the 1940 Census?

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

This week’s contest closes Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:59pm PT.